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February 12, 2012

A snapshot survey of 4,600 children across the world has revealed almost one in four Aussie kids (23%) wants to be a sports star when they grow up, and more than a third (36%) would spend a free day playing sport or other physical activity.

The story is very different in developing countries where children would prefer to be teachers (23%) or doctors (20%), and one in four (25%) say they would spend a free day helping their family by doing housework, farmwork or other chores.

February 12, 2012

With 67 million children out of school, ChildFund Australia is calling on world leaders to renew and increase their commitment to education.

The Global Partnership for Education Pledging Conference on 8 November in Copenhagen will be attended by government ministers, heads of UN agencies, CEOs, civil society organisations, teachers' unions and development banks from over 40 countries. 

The Australian Government through Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is playing a leading role as co-sponsor of the event. 

February 12, 2012

An Australian-funded school in Papua New Guinea is helping to get children out of the urban waste dumps and into the classroom.

St Peters Literacy School, on the northern fringes of Port Moresby, offers free literacy and numeracy programs for 120 children, attracting boys and girls from the city’s rubbish dump settlements who can’t access or afford a place in the public school system.

February 12, 2012

You know the kids will get more than their fair share of chocolate for Easter, so why not chicken out this year and buy some baby chicks instead!

ChildFund Australia’s Donations with a Difference website offers a range of unique gift ideas that are fun to give and also help change the lives of children and communities in need.

For just $10, you can buy five baby chickens to help a family in Brazil increase their income and provide nourishing meals for their children.

February 12, 2012

With unexploded bombs still posing a threat in countries like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, the day is aimed at raising awareness about an issue that continues to trap communities in an ongoing cycle of poverty.

February 12, 2012

Over the last two decades, international aid has contributed to huge strides in poverty reduction, with extreme poverty rates falling in every region of the developing world. Since 1990, there are four million fewer child deaths each year, global primary school enrolment has reached an all-time high of 90% and over 2 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water.*

February 12, 2012

A new report on the impacts of the multi-billion dollar LNG Project in Papua New Guinea highlights the industry's achievements in addressing social change but warns of continuing major concerns that need to be addressed, a coalition of NGOs said today.

The report, The Community Good – Examining the Influence of the PNG LNG Project in the Hela Region of Papua New Guinea – will be launched at Parliament House on Tuesday, 29 May at 10am by Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles.

February 12, 2012

A new survey shows Australians expect businesses to play a greater role in international aid, with consumers now expecting more of businesses than government.

February 12, 2012

ChildFund Australia CEO Nigel Spence has today criticised the Government’s plans to take hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid away from developing countries for domestic purposes.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr confirmed to Ten News that $375 million will be diverted from foreign aid programs to cover asylum seeker costs in Australia. Senator Carr told Channel Ten the spending decision was within OECD guidelines and money spent on refugees within Australia was legitimate aid.

September 5, 2010

Give them a dollar or make them president and what would they do? Most children across the world say their first order of business would be to improve education by building schools, providing school supplies and increasing access to education for all children. Their next priority would be providing food and water. Almost half said they would spend their dollar on food or water, ahead of clothes, toys and sports.