When 18-year-old Mumtaz walks into a room, the first thing you notice about her is the patchwork of painful puffy red scars that stretch across her face.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on child labor in sugar harvesting in the Philippines.
Barefoot and covered in dirt and sweat, 14-year-old Dante Campilan pulls weeds from orderly rows of sugar cane.
A former Sudanese child solider talks about moving to the United States and becoming an actor and model.
It's been almost two decades since I was separated from my family, my home and my past as a war child. Last year I was able to travel back to East Africa to find my parents, reconnect with others who survived the war and place my vote in the referendum that would eventually lead to the division of Sudan into two independent states.
The withholding of U.S. funding from UNESCO will make it "impossible" for the agency to maintain all its activities that help to educate and inform people in the developing world, Director-General Irina Bokova said Wednesday.
A Georgia teacher's passion and curiosity about her immigrant students' homelands led to a path that changed her life and those she's touched - forever.
A group of supporters encircled the New York Public Library's 42nd Street branch in Manhattan arm-in-arm Saturday to show their love.
Zeina Daccache is best known in Lebanon for her weekly stand-up comedy and political satire shows on national television.
The commander of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan continues to support the July 2011 drawdown date for troops in Afghanistan, but has not decided on the level of reductions yet, he told senators on Tuesday.
In their push to downsize the federal bureaucracy, Republican lawmakers are flooding the field with proposals to lower federal spending. But, in a twist, their cuts could hit state and local budgets the hardest.
A Pakistani mother enrolls in first grade to learn to read. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
Rukhsana Batool doesn't quite look like her fellow first graders at an elementary school in this village in northwest Pakistan.
The 22-year-old man under arrest in Saturday's massacre in Arizona railed against government "mind control" and illiteracy in online missives and had "kind of a troubled past," as the local sheriff put it.
It's the best of times and the worst of times for English teachers as they find themselves more accountable than ever for the academic success of their students, while balancing new technologies that change time-honored practices of reading and writing. Here are some of the modern challenges that language arts teachers face in their classrooms.
Nicole Longaro felt like she was at the pediatrician every other day when her now 3-year-old daughter, Alyssa, first started day care. Alyssa was 4 months old, and Longaro had to return to her job as a human resources manager for a large commercial bank.
The lawyer for the Florida teenager who gained fame three years ago as the "hiccup girl" and is now accused of murder said Wednesday that he will look into whether Tourette Syndrome or another brain disorder may have contributed to the crime.
Located in the mountainous northeast region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec is home to 9,000 mostly indigenous people who live in very marginalized conditions.
To the unaccustomed eye, a man toting 120 books while riding a stubborn donkey would seem nothing short of a circus spectacle. But for hundreds of children in the rural villages of Colombia, Luis Soriano is far from a clown. He is a man with a mission to save rural children from illiteracy.
Teacher Luis Soriano is bringing reading education to children in rural Colombia on the backs of his donkeys.
If you've ever struggled to learn Arabic or felt overwhelmed just looking its symbols, now you can blame science.
We're getting to the point where even good news comes wrapped in bad news.
Want to hear the latest stupid-passenger joke? Just hang out near the galley on your next flight, and you might catch the attendants poking fun at our gullibility -- and geographic illiteracy.
Power will belong to the people of India, Mahatma Gandhi envisioned for his country, then ruled by the British.
The bookstore was Zhuara Rivera's magical "Neverland." It offered a fairy tale world for 14-year-old Rivera to get lost in stories and words.
George Clooney The Oscar-winning actor and other celebrities have signed on for a telethon to aid Haitian earthquake victims. "Hope for Haiti" will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday. MTV said Clooney will serve as a host in Los Angeles, California, while musician Wyclef Jean will be in New York, and CNN's Anderson Cooper will appear from Haiti.
Zimbabwe's education system is beginning to battle back from years of neglect and an exodus of teachers.
Meet Bailey. She's a registered therapy dog, but you won't find her in hospitals or nursing homes. Instead, Bailey makes weekly visits to libraries and schools. She sits quietly or snuggles up to kids as they read her a book. And no, she's not napping, and the kids don't have treats in their pockets. She's actually helping these children learn to read.
iReporter Jennifer Sias volunteered at the West Virginia Book Festival and happened upon a therapy animal program.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports from Zimbabwe where teachers and students struggle to overcome.
In the developing world millions of people struggle to operate machinery, read from a blackboard, or just see the world around them, because they don't have access to the eyeglasses they need.
MONTREAL (AP) -- Jacques Demers, the Stanley Cup-winning coach who has spoken frankly about his lifelong battle with illiteracy, was appointed Thursday to the Canadian Senate.
Dear Annie: Call me an old hippie (I served in the Peace Corps in the late '60s), but I've always wished I could find a job that would let me make a decent living while also doing some real good for someone.
At first, the children's eyes light up with anticipation.
If home is where the heart is, a new survey suggests that most people aren't sure exactly where they live. More than half of people cannot pinpoint the exact location of the human heart on a diagram, and nearly 70 percent can't correctly identify the shape of the lungs, according to the survey.
It was just a drill. But at first glance, it looked a lot like a possible terror attack.
Buying books on the Internet involves a familiar procedure: Browse, add to cart, check out and await delivery. So when Christy Mann, a third-year student at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., placed an order on the Web site betterworldbooks.com, she was surprised to receive an e-mail that purportedly came from the used book she'd just purchased.
One major contender's chances at Oscar gold may be damaged due to its sensitive subject matter.
Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, predicted Wednesday that the additional 17,000 U.S. military forces to be sent to Afghanistan will remain there for as long as five years.
A few weeks into Barack Obama's victory lap, Michelle Obama's already under the microscope. And I'm part of the dissecting team.
CNN's Anderson Cooper reveals the 10 CNN Heroes finalists for 2008. Viewers will vote for Hero of the Year.
Ethiopia native brings free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of children in his homeland.
At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever.
Volunteers and NGOs are setting up classrooms across India to try supplement a national education system that they say does not make the grade
After leaving the White House, the nation's "reader in chief," Laura Bush, plans to continue promoting literacy through the United Nations and the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas
When it comes to the World Championship of the French-language version of the erudite board game, Senegal is the team to beat
At birth, Usha Chaumar's life story had already been written.
A Colorado legislator was ordered to leave the podium of the state House of Representatives on Monday because he called Mexican workers "illiterate peasants"
As part of a sentence, a judge mandates that two Pennsylvania criminals learn the English language. WBRE's Mike Trim reports.
Athlas Khan says he wants to vote for people who are honest in Pakistan's upcoming general elections. Sporting a warm smile from under his turban, the elderly rickshaw driver adds that he wants to vote for those who are working for Allah and Prophet Mohammad.
Shocked but not surprised seems to sum up Indian reaction to a transplant ring harvesting kidneys from laborers
Anuradha Rathore knows of no women doctors in her native village or its surrounding area.
Problem: Illiteracy is widespread and instructors aren't cheap.
New devices and ideas are remaking our world. Here are seven brilliant, practical inventions.
While the tech world is buzzing about Nicholas Negroponte's prototype for a $100 personal computer aimed at the emerging world, cell phone makers and their suppliers have been finding ways to make ever cheaper wireless devices for the same markets.
Though they may have left their textbooks behind when school ended, kids at Harlem RBI, a youth development program in East Harlem, New York, have no plans to leave behind what they have learned over the past nine months.
Akin is, like many things in cyberspace, an alias. In real life he's 14. He wears Adidas sneakers, a Rolex Submariner watch, and a kilo of gold around his neck.
The road to Hannah's mind opened a few days before her 13th birthday.
Do my eyes deceive me? Am I reading that President George W. Bush has joined with the Republican leadership to call for investigation of the oil companies in light of soaring oil and gas prices? Oil hit $75 a barrel recently and apparently transformed the Republicans into Democrats, Democrats of the Charles Schumer and Jean-Francois Kerry variety.
Justice, it seems, has an expiration date. Luis Diaz last month became one of a handful of Florida prisoners -- and one of 99 nationwide -- exonerated by DNA testing since 2000.
A new report warns more must be done to help Afghanistan emerge from poverty or it risks slipping back into chaos.
Dyslexia sufferers showed "small but significant improvements" in their reading abilities while testing computer software designed to treat the condition, scientists have reported.
Financial planner Pat Ireland would have been happy if the rest of the country had never heard of him or his high school. But on April 20, 1999, Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, became infamous when two heavily armed students opened fire on students and faculty.
It may get down to chilly sub-zero temperatures in mid-winter, but the cold climate country of Norway remains the best place in the world to live, according to the latest research by the United Nations.
Forget about the murky miasma of an election year for a minute. Look at the rungs up the document ladder of what we are pleased to call democracy: the Bill of Rights; the Constitution; the Declaration of Independence.
Ray Charles, the innovative singer and pianist whose combinations of blues and gospel pioneered soul music and earned him the nickname "the Genius," has died. He was 73.
Consider the following four dead-end kids.
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They vary strikingly in size, shape, and political stripe. Yet the Pacific Rim countries developing fastest share an aptitude for melding new Western technologies with old Oriental virtues -- disci...
James Underwood memorized every question in the driver's license handbook, then persuaded the exam administrator to test him orally. ''People who can't read and write have very good memories,'' he ...
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