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India: Education for indigenous children

India: Education for indigenous children

The Tamarind Tree School in Maharashtra state is designed for indigenous children who wouldn't otherwise get an education. Students study reading and math, but also computer programming. And they learn about social justice and democracy too.
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Deutsche Welle
Colombia: Indigenous communities forge the future

Colombia: Indigenous communities forge the future

Colombia's Misak people want to protect the traditions of their ancestors. An indigenous university focuses on traditional values and spirituality as a protection against outside threats, from large-scale agriculture to drug cartels.
8mins
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Kenya: Global Living Room

Kenya: Global Living Room

This week's Global Living Room comes from Kenya, where we visit a mother-of-four and her dog Abby.
3mins
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Global Snack: Iceland - soup in a bread bowl

Global Snack: Iceland - soup in a bread bowl

Iceland may be beautiful but the weather is, well, bracing. Locals and tourists agree that there's no better a winter warmer than hearty soup, the specialty at Svarta Kaffid in central Reykjavik. And it comes in a bread bowl!
3mins
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Dominican Republic: Tourism killing coral reefs

Dominican Republic: Tourism killing coral reefs

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination among visitors to the Caribbean. Inconsiderate tourists, sewage and climate change have already destroyed 90% of the coral reefs there. Coral Gardens is a conservation project set up to protect them.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Living Room: Thailand

Global Living Room: Thailand

Pornrat Wongjina and her husband are shopkeepers in Ban Samkha. They used to be farmers, but had to give up when he hurt his back.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Gambia: The Queen of Recycling

Gambia: The Queen of Recycling

Fed up with Gambia's mounting waste problem, Isatou Ceesay set up an initiative called 'One Plastic Bag'. It promotes recycling and provides women with additional income.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Global Teen: India

Global Teen: India

Our Global Teen this week is 16-year-old Mia Aliyah Makhija from Bangalore. She's a singer, plays golf and likes to hang out with friends in a cafe.
3mins
Deutsche Welle
Mali: Solar power for Mali

Mali: Solar power for Mali

Millions of people in Mali have no access to electricity. Torsten and Aida Schreiber want to change that. They founded Africa GreenTec to provide solar power plants to remote villages.
7mins
Deutsche Welle
Venezuela's economic exodus

Venezuela's economic exodus

Venezuela was once a picture-book democracy. Now it's suffering the biggest emigration crisis of a country not at war. The UN expects 6.5m people will have fled the country by the end of the year.
6mins
Deutsche Welle
Kenya: Sugar cane as a green fuel

Kenya: Sugar cane as a green fuel

Kenya is one of Africa's major tea producers. Traditionally, wood is used as fuel to dry the tea leaves. Tebesonik is a company that uses briquets made of waste sugar cane. They are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
7mins
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Uganda: Global Snack

Uganda: Global Snack

In Uganda people associate "Rolex" not with a luxury wristwatch but an omelet rolled up in a chapati. Faizo Mugerwa's stand in Kampala is busy from dawn until late at night.
3mins
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Philippines: Global Snack

Philippines: Global Snack

While perhaps an acquired taste for people outside the country, Lugaw is hugely popular in the Philippines. Customers throng to Nini Elago's snack bar in Payatas to savor the rice porridge cooked with garlic, congealed chicken blood and chicken feet.
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Ghana: Tomato farmers under pressure

Ghana: Tomato farmers under pressure

Ghanaian farmers have traditionally earned good money growing tomatoes. Today their market is being swamped with subsidized cheap imports from Europe and China, and prices have plunged. See the full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlP...
6mins
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Belize: Lobbying for crocodiles

Belize: Lobbying for crocodiles

US-born Marisa Tellez has always been fascinated by crocodiles, and is a leading researcher on the animals in Belize. She wants to spread the message that crocodiles are not monsters but vulnerable creatures deserving of protection.
7mins
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Kenya - Electromobility in Nairobi

Kenya - Electromobility in Nairobi

The air in Nairobi is heavily polluted by emissions from cars, buses and mopeds. The first solar-powered trucks and jeeps with electric motors have now started appearing in the city. While the energy is cheap, the vehicles themselves are not.
6mins
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Global Teen - Nepal

Global Teen - Nepal

Aastha Panday is 17 and lives in Kathmandu. She says she has a much better life than her grandparents. She wants to become a dentist so that she can provide rural communities of Nepal with better healthcare.
3mins
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Global Ideas: New life for waste in India

Global Ideas: New life for waste in India

Twenty years ago, Vimlendu Jha set up the environmental organization Swechha. It collects garbage from the streets of Delhi. Now its for-profit arm is upcycling some kinds of waste. The proceeds help fund other environmental projects.
7mins
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Colombia: Global Snack

Colombia: Global Snack

The Montero family from Colombia prepares this week's Global Snack. They run a food stand that sells arepa con huevo, a fried corncake stuffed with egg.
3mins
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Kenya: Global Teen

Kenya: Global Teen

In this edition of Global Teen we meet Jessica Achieng from Nairobi, Kenya. She enjoys going to school and hopes to become a musician.
3mins
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Solomon Islands: Protecting sea turtles

Solomon Islands: Protecting sea turtles

Hunting and illegal trading pose a threat to hawksbill sea turtles on the Solomon Islands. Local women are working together to protect the turtles' breeding grounds in the country's first-ever national park.
7mins
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Are coastal dikes enough to protect against sea level rise?

Are coastal dikes enough to protect against sea level rise?

A meter below sea level, the German island of Pellworm is surrounded by towering dikes designed to keep storm surges out. But will they be enough to protect the green island from climate-induced rising waters?
5mins
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Is the Wadden Sea dying in the era of climate change?

Is the Wadden Sea dying in the era of climate change?

As sea levels rise, the rich ecosystem of the Wadden Sea in the North Sea is at risk of disappearing. It will take concerted efforts to protect the habitat that is home to thousands of birds, animals and plants.
6mins
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Hearing aid firm faces big hurdle of load shedding

Hearing aid firm faces big hurdle of load shedding

While a South African company attempts to break barriers by inventing the world's first hearing testing machinery, feeding the demand for their product around the world has become a hassle as they currently face their biggest hurdle: load shedding.
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Social Justice: India and Iceland

Social Justice: India and Iceland

The new Social Justice/Work Places series takes a look at the world of work in Asia and Europe. In India, women are still underrepresented in the labor force. In Iceland, more than 70 percent of women are employed.
7mins
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Costa Rica: Breeding butterflies for the world

Costa Rica: Breeding butterflies for the world

Costa Rica is home to an astonishing number butterfly species. Local farmers breed some species for sale to botanic gardens and butterfly sanctuaries worldwide. The work provides a good income and helps protect biodiversity.
6mins
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Mexico: Cooking the way grandmother did

Mexico: Cooking the way grandmother did

Corn, banana leaves, vegetables and meat - the older women of the village of Cardenas in the Mexican state of Chiapas still cook the way their grandmothers did. How can these traditional recipes be preserved?
7mins
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Thailand: Turning straw into gold

Thailand: Turning straw into gold

Huge amounts of rice straw are left over after the harvest in Thailand. Farmers often burn it, which is terrible for the environment. A young entrepreneur has found a new use for the material. Turned into paper, it can replace plastic food packaging.
8mins
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Global Living Room: Colombia

Global Living Room: Colombia

Luzmery Yancy Jimenez is 34 years old and lives with her husband and five children in La Mata in Columbia, a small village in the northern part of the country on the edge of the Cienaga Zapatosa, a huge, tropical wetland.
3mins
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Antarctica: Working in the icy wastes

Antarctica: Working in the icy wastes

Around 4,000 people work in the 80 or so research stations in Antarctica. "Neumayer III" is one of the few German laboratories there. One of the objects of study: the behavior of Emperor Penguins.
6mins
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South Africa: Brick replaces corrugated iron

South Africa: Brick replaces corrugated iron

Housing in Soweto used to be cheap, but more and more people are moving into the township near Johannesburg. Sound, affordable homes are rare. One start-up is on a mission to build sustainable homes from recycled building rubble.
7mins
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Nepal: Hydropower for villages

Nepal: Hydropower for villages

More than a fourth of Nepal's population has no access to electricity. Many villages use hydropower plants to generate energy. NGOs and the government support the projects. The goal is to provide remote areas with sustainable energy.
6mins
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Mali: A local mayor flights climate change

Mali: A local mayor flights climate change

Abdoulaye Coulibaly is mayor of Fana in Mali and a climate change expert. He hopes to prepare his community for global warming. It's also a question of war and peace in the crisis-plagued country.
6mins
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India: Heiress Ananya Birla gives microcredits

India: Heiress Ananya Birla gives microcredits

Ananya Birla is the daughter of a billionaire industrialist. Despite her family's wealth she has embarked on a singing career and has founded a microfinance company. It provides small loans to poor rural women.
5mins
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Kenya: Sexual violence in the slums von Nairobi

Kenya: Sexual violence in the slums von Nairobi

When Lucy Wanjiku Njenga was 19, her boyfriend and the father of her child infected her with HIV. Her baby son died. She received little help in her poor district in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. She has founded a network for young women living with...
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Global Teen: Martial arts fan from Mexico

Global Teen: Martial arts fan from Mexico

In our Global Teen series we present 14-year-old Ivan Emmanuel Santana Vega from the state of Jalisco in Mexico. He loves sports, especially the martial art taekwondo, and he's really good at it.
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Chile: Switch to renewables to secure the future

Chile: Switch to renewables to secure the future

Chile gets plenty of sunshine. More and more businesses are using it as a cheap source of power. They are getting support from the German-Chilean Chamber of Commerce, which offers training in the efficient use of renewable energies.
6mins
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Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

First they burn the forest, then the cattle arrive and then the soybeans. The global appetite for soy and beef has been driving the Amazon's destruction for decades now. The consultancy firm Pecsa hopes to teaches cattle ranchers sustainability.
8mins
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South Africa: Transforming African health care

South Africa: Transforming African health care

Dr. Ernest Darkoh's mission is to revolutionize health care in Africa. He set up the company BroadReach to provide doctors with data that could help them prevent disease.
5mins
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Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Until 2018, almost 2,000 illegal waste pickers worked on the largest garbage dump in Brasilia. Now they're part of the city's waste management program. Even at the university, you can study climate friendly garbage disposal.
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China: All work and no play for kids

China: All work and no play for kids

All work and no play is normal for a seven-year-old in China. Education is a top priority. Children learn languages, study math and do sport too, well into the evenings and even on weekends.
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Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Hygiene is of utmost importance. Midwives at Madagascar's state-run health centers get regular training, to combat maternal and infant mortality. And thanks to a new health insurance scheme, more women are now able to go to the doctor.
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India: Global Teen

India: Global Teen

Karanraj Dewasi from India loves going to school. His father is a teacher. But he's worried about environmental pollution and that he might not have the same standard of living as his parents and grandparents.
3mins
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How UAE educators are looking to redefine literacy for children

How UAE educators are looking to redefine literacy for children

Conjuring up ideas to engage children with books is what Emirati author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat has been doing for more than ten years.
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Euronews
Bangalore: India's Silicon Valley is drowning in trash

Bangalore: India's Silicon Valley is drowning in trash

Bangalore, India's top high-tech city is drowning in trash despite new regulations. Now an organization there is collecting organic waste and turning it into environmentally-friendly biogas.
7mins
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Amazon.ae relates running a regional e-commerce giant to basketball

Amazon.ae relates running a regional e-commerce giant to basketball

Syrian-born Ronaldo Mouchawar once had ambitions to be a basketball player. Ultimately, however, he followed in the footsteps of his father who was a merchant, and the man who inspired the name of his online auction site, ‘Souq.com’ in 2005.
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Euronews
What is Libra and could it rival the UAE remittance industry?

What is Libra and could it rival the UAE remittance industry?

Libra, the proposed global digital currency led by Facebook, has raised concerns amongst some governments and financial authorities around the world.
4mins
Euronews
Global Snack: Fish and Chips

Global Snack: Fish and Chips

There's nothing more British than fish and chips. But some of the best in Oxford are made by Kazem Hakimi, who was born in Iran. He came to Britain in the 1960s and opened his chippie in 1988.
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