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yesterday by raygrasso
A proven identity offers a path to many freedoms
August 11, 2017 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

Most of us in the west take it for granted that we have an official identity, both in digital life and real life. We usually only think about it if we are worried that somebody is trying to steal it, or that governments are threatening to breach our privacy.

But in the developing world, the idea of having an identity — be that digital or in any other form — is a luxury. It is estimated that some two billion adults around the world do not have a bank account. In emerging markets, some women in particular have no way to independently identify themselves, making it difficult for them to protect their rights, access services or lift themselves out of poverty.

“Large numbers of women are unable to take control of their finances because they lack the basic documentation to open a bank account,” Okonjo-Iweala pointed out, noting that around 42 per cent of adult women in developing countries lack a bank account partly because they have no way to show a bank teller (or anyone else) who they are. 

According to research carried out by ID2020, a public-private project that’s trying to promote digital identifier systems: “Experts estimate that 1.5 ­billion people lack any form of officially recognised identification, and that’s one-fifth of the planet.” These tend to be “women and children from the poorest areas of the world”. The United Nations, meanwhile, has declared that one of its sustainable development goals is to provide everybody on the planet with a legal identity by 2030. 

The good news is that all manner of organisations and groups are now getting involved in the cause. The World Bank, for example, is working with private-sector bodies including MasterCard to create digital identities using credit platforms. Ajay Banga, MasterCard CEO, is a vocal champion of this campaign, particularly for women (partly, a cynic might suggest, because he hopes this will create a future market).

ID2020 is spearheading another non-government initiative, in conjunction with groups such as Accenture and Microsoft. Refugee bodies, including the United Nations Development Programme, are trying to create digital identities for people in camps.
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2 days ago by jerryking
Men who have realized they are not special, how was it?
Great example of how not to parent. Don't praise children for being smart, talented, so good at XYZ etc. Instead praise them for how hard they work, how they don't give up, their effort.

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This is actually something I just recently realized that I've been doing since I was a kid. My mother always used to tell me that I was the best at everything regardless of whether or not I sucked at it, that I was the only person to have ever done XYZ, etc. for as far back as I can remember. I would even get tunnel-vision, red-faced livid as a kid when my parents would watch those 60 minutes type programs about child savants / child geniuses because I had spent my entire life as being the best, the brightest, the smartest in their eyes and I couldn't wrap my head around anyone else being smarter or better than me. I would get extremely frustrated when I would make even the tiniest mistakes because I "wasn't supposed to be able to make mistakes". Even in high school when I'd have difficulty in one subject or another (especially math, numbers hate me) I would get borderline debilitatingly frustrated that I couldn't get it, which would normally lead me to internally negative self-talk & give up on whatever it was. That followed me into college which made many of my classes 10x harder than they should've been, and eventually towards my dropping out & joining the military. I got so angry with my wife a couple years ago when she flat out said, "Your mother really did a number on you; every little thing you don't get 100% right and 100% perfect on your first try you decide to hate and give up on instead of working to fix it. I hope you don't do that when we have children." I was angry at first but realized she was completely correct. I had never once allowed myself to see any sort of failure to be a learning experience or something to grow from, only ammunition against myself for not being "perfect". It's been fairly difficult to reverse that mindset after so much time, but it's starting to work. I still have my moments but the negative self-talk is beginning to decrease. It's just kind of sad that it took nearly 30 years to figure out not only how to fix it, but also to realize that it's been a problem all along.
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