December 2017 - Ecology of Childhood January 12 2018

Children grow up surrounded by people, places and events that shape their daily lives and future prospects – and everyone’s experience is unique. Consider the various geographical, cultural, sociopolitical and economic conditions that exist around the world. Though their contexts may be very different, children can survive and thrive in widely different circumstances. In fact, humans are the only creatures that can adapt to almost any environment.

The following slide show features images of children from around the world, from Afghanistan to Uganda. As you enjoy the images, consider the wide ranging different circumstances of children’s lives around the world. What opportunities are available and what challenges are present? How are families supported in your context?
In the video, the late Dr. Clyde Hertzman describes some factors that can support families and children. What could these factors mean for a child’s daily life in your context?

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