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Daily gym class in schools

On 18 april, the initiative for more excercise for children and youth, called Tägliche Turnstunde (Daily Gym class), brought to life by the Bundessportorganisation (BsO, Federal sports Organisation), succeeded by gaining 150,844 signatures in favour of making a daily hour of physical exercise in schools mandatory. On 24 april, the Tägliche Turnstunde was already a […]

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

Thirty-two-year-old Sonja pushed a pram along the main pedestrian street in Belgrade on a brisk day in mid-December. The capital is one of the few places in Serbia with a growing population. Though that growth is mainly thanks to urbanisation, Belgrade is also the easiest and cheapest place in the country to have a child. […]

United Children of the World Choir

United Children of the World Choir

Dr. Sandra Reindl-Schweighofer has had a diverse career in music. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School, she has worked as a music director, a singer, a concert pianist, an orchestra conductor and a choir director. She is also the founder of Vienna’s United Children of the World Choir, which has been performing in Vienna […]

English Language and Bi-lingual Kindergartens

One of the hardest things when moving the family to a new town (or country) is finding the right school or day-care for your children. While a list of international and bilingual schools is not hard to find, the bilingual and English language day-care centres and kindergartens are more of a search. Here is a […]

Kids in the City: Intensive Care

Moving to a new city in a new country is often exhilarating for an independent professional. But for parents with small children it can be a nightmare, entailing an alien care system and the absence of the usual support from grandparents and trusted nannies. For children, the experience of lacking a common language with their […]

Literary Events: Feb. 2011

ISHMAEL BEAH – AUTHOR PRESENTATION Who I Am, and NGO dedicated to educating children to understand their cultural heritage and identity, as well as embrace their own mother tongue, is bringing Ishmael Beah on tour through Europe to share with our communities about his inspirational life story as a survivor as a former child soldier in […]

Breaking the Silence

Her name is Lora. She was born in 1990 in an orphanage in Bulgaria but soon after placed in a state institution for disabled children where she spent most of her childhood years. At the age of seven, she weighed seven kilograms. “She was thin; she had no fat to protect her,” recalled Elsabe Louw, […]

Bilingual Kindergarten

This fall, Austria’s first Chinese-German bilingual kindergarten will open its doors in the Viennese District of Meidling. In the “Meidlinger Sonnenblume” (“Meidlinger Sunflower”) German and Chinese native speakers will care for small groups of German-and Chinese- speaking children, ideally in equal numbers. Directors Jun Lu Berger and Karl Berger believe  it will allow the children […]

Vienna Choir Boys In the New Era

The arrivals hall at Vienna International Airport – Schwechat. The normal crowd, the usual slight sense of heightened anticipation. Suddenly a burst of applause and enthusiastic cheering: the Vienna Choir Boys have come through the automatic doors, in uniform, with caps perfectly straight on each head. They have just returned from a tour and are […]

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