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Minor refugees in Belgium learn how to bike
In 2015, 3300 unaccompanied minor refugees arrived in Belgium. Most of them are boys between 14 and 17 years old that have the same dreams of other youngsters: a world of peace, getting an education... Read more
How to engage kids and community in playground designHow can we learn what children and adults want and need in playgrounds? And how can we make sure that those playgrounds are a vital public space? These questions were front and center when I participated... Read more
Researchers aim to boost physical activity in preschoolersThe University of Western Australia is teaming up with partners in the early education and care sector to find ways to improve young’s children’s physical activity, health and development. It follows a pilot study that found... Read more
5 reasons why you should join the Child in the City ConferenceAre you involved in education, research, urban planning or policy making? Do you advocate for children’s rights? Do you sustain a clean and friendly environment for children to play and develop? Then you are welcome... Read more
Infographic: clearly explains the rising threat of poor eye health among children in UKThis alarming negligence could result in a child’s poor learning and development given that vision is important in reading and writing. This may lead to various health conditions especially if the child has undetected vision... Read more
Children and the built environmentEmpowered by JES: From outreach to a competence based approach of youth participation in the making of public space along the Brussels Canal. To increase youth participation in the urban development of Tour & Taxis, JES Stadslabo... Read more
Could your school be the best school for connecting kids to nature and academic improvement?Could your school be the best school for connecting kids to nature and academic improvement? In your city? Your region? Your state? The whole country? That’s the question Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton is asking in the Miami Valley... Read more
Children develop better when you let them be bored, psychologists sayIt’s summer time. If you have school-aged children who are currently on summer vacation, you have undoubtedly heard “Mommy (or Daddy), I’m borrrrred,” a million times already. Boredom in children is common and something that every... Read more
Research finds the effects of homework on elementary school students, and the results are surprisingAfter over 25 years of studying and analyzing homework, Harris Coopers’ research demonstrates a clear conclusion: homework wrecks elementary school students. In his book, The Battle over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents, the... Read more
Changing a space: a new kind of playing outI have a confession to make. I’ve been working for Playing Out as an area activator in Bristol for over a year now and, (deep breath)….. I haven’t closed my street for over six months... Read more
Making the case for more playful and child-friendly placesIt is obvious that children’s play experiences and everyday freedoms are hugely shaped by the places where they live. So anyone who cares about these issues should also be concerned about the qualities of neighbourhoods, towns... Read more
Changing the model for a child-friendly transport planningStudies show that children who are not allowed to travel independently have 35% less physical agility, 40% less physical balance, 15% less creativity and 47% less autonomy and endurance during work and the number of... Read more
China abandoned its one-child policy – now it must fix the gap in education between city and country childrenLi Bo’s job used to involve reporting unlawful pregnancies to family planning officials. Today, in the remote Wangyuan village in China’s mountainous Shaanxi province, he’s sat on a playmat helping a toddler build a fort with... Read more
Belfast makes participation the key to creating child friendly public spaceIn Northern Ireland, children’s needs are not always considered in decision making in relation to the physical environment. In Belfast, the city centre could significantly benefit from more child friendly space, where children are welcome... Read more
A new park for connecting kids to nature: the children of indiana nature parkThe Nature Conservancy (TNC) partnered with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Cope Environmental Center and the Indiana Department of Education to create the Children of Indiana Nature Park in celebration of the Hoosier bicentennial. According... Read more
Nature near and far – reflections on integrating children, nature, and the cityThe recent publication, Children, Nature, Cities (Murnaghan and Shillington, eds., 2016) is a wonderful compilation of reflections and critical analyses of the interpretations of nature in the city, and children’s experiences of both. Using the... Read more
Lab van Troje, a local non-profit organization in Ghent, Belgium is preparing a fourth generation of ‘Living Streets’: an experimental project that invites citizens to conceive and implement more sustainable and livable solutions for the... Read more
Interview with the City of Ghent’s children’s ambassador, Elke Decruynaere
Elke Decruynaere, the Alderwoman of Education, Upbringing and Youth for Ghent, which is...
Giving children a voice in adult elections
During the last municipal elections for Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy, children played an...
An information guide for designing outdoor play spaces
The 7 C’s of Young Children’s Outdoor Play Spaces is an information guide...
The City of Ghent’s strategic plan to be a child and youth-friendly city
With more than 250.000 inhabitants, Ghent is the 3rd largest city of Belgium....