Pulitzer Center Update

This Week in Education: Too Young to Wed Documentary and Discussion

Image by Stephanie Sinclair. Afghanistan.

Throughout the world, more than 51 million girls below the age of 18 are currently married. This harmful traditional practice spans continents, language, religion and caste. Image by Stephanie Sinclair. Afghanistan.

Featured Lesson Plan:

Too Young to Wed: The Secret World of Child Brides [Documentary Screening and Discussion]

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice, yet it persists across continents, language, religion, and class.

Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair's documentary short is both an investigation of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Ethiopia and a call to action. In this lesson, students will view the powerful video and discuss the root causes of child marriage practices and how to combat them, around the world and at home.

Image courtesy of Gary Marcuse.

Image courtesy of Gary Marcuse.

Featured Reporting Project:

Earth Day Documentary Short

In advance of Earth Day (April 22), we're featuring short films on climate change and the environment. This week: how can culture and religion combat climate change? Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong report on those pushing toward an "ecological civilization" that draws on Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and other Chinese cultural traditions as a means of addressing the country's growing environmental challenges.

Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.

Image by Neeta Satam. India, 2017.

Featured Blog:

SPJ Selects Eight Student Fellows as Mark of Excellence Regional Award Finalists, Winners

Eight Pulitzer Center student fellows have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards, whose winners will be announced during each region's spring conference, honor work done by student journalists across the globe in the categories of print, radio, television, and online. Check out the honored projects here and access the latest reporting from our student fellows.

Image by Jordan Roth. United States, 2016.

Image by Jordan Roth. United States, 2016.

Featured Opportunity:

Fighting Words Poetry Contest and Workshop

K-12 students in the U.S. and abroad are invited to submit to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest for the chance to win cash prizes up to $100, publication, and performance opportunities. DEADLINE: May 18, 2018

Pulitzer Center staff is also available to facilitate a workshop to guide students in crafting successful entries. Schedule a workshop in your school by emailing hberk@pulitzercenter.org

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