This week Earth Report looks at the lives of children around the world – the skills they’re learning for the future and some of the problems they face.
In Mongolia’s capital the number of street children is rising. We visit the subterranean world where many of them band together, sleeping on the warm pipes of the sewers underneath the city, finding at least some shelter and companionship.
Meanwhile at a primary school in London, some young entrepreneurs are harnessing energy from their local river to provide electricity for their classroom lights.
In Costa Rica children are learning household plumbing techniques and environmental conservation – handy in the home and good for a greener future.
Chicago is infamous for its school drop-out rates of up to 80%. But one educational project is tackling the problems of gangs and youth crime, providing adult mentors to help teenagers cope with the stresses of the big city.
The children’s parliament in Rajasthan is led by the world’s only 14 year old prime minister, who chairs the heated debates among her young MPs with a firm hand. This exercise in democracy has inspired other ventures, which encourage children to explore their rights.
Earth Report this week comes from Montego Bay, Jamaica, where the ‘Sanitation Support Unit’ is building new toilets and educating children on the importance of being clean!