Kids Across the Globe

Children are the backbone of every society, both its future and hope. On different parts of the earth children have different experiences, languages, religions, and lifestyles. Although they have very different experiences, there are many things that make them similar as well. They enjoy family, laughter, and play, and most have the chance to seize the opportunity throughout their busy and sometimes impoverished days. The following is some information about various countries on each continent of our planet. The differences are evident and the similarities are more subtle.

Russia

Children in Russia are an integral part of the family unit. However, as Russia seeks to find its new identity and social structure, often the family life in Russia becomes entangled with that of society. Certainly, though, children still find joy in playing games, such as Wizards, Caraway, and Circus. Most Russian homes have pets, and discipline in the family is quite similar to that in the United States. Many Russians live in smaller homes, and many of them attend military schools for a better education and more promising future. 

  • Childhood in Russia – This site focuses on Russia as an independent nation and draws comparisons with Soviet Russia, providing statistics as well as descriptions to several aspects of childhood.
  • Discipline – This article compares discipline practices of the United States and Russia, broken down by age categories and punishments doled out to the children.
  • A Kid's Life in Russia – This page, written by a Russian child, reviews the lifestyles, clothing, and home life of a child in Russia.
  • Children's Folk Games – List of links to game instructions in which Russian children participate.
  • Russian Holidays – This is an article containing descriptions of many holidays that are typically celebrated in Russia, including, among others, the New Year’s Season, Man’s Day, and Maslenitsa.
  • Pets of Presidents and Ordinary People – This short article details the percentage of people in Russia who own cats and dogs and compares those to that of Americans.

Kenya

 

Children is Kenya suffer due to the poor economic stability of the country. Until 2003, there was a fee for children, even in their primary years, to attend school. Very few girls attended, and only the wealthiest became educated. However, since that time there has been a drive to educate all children in Kenya, even the Massai, a nomadic people throughout Kenya. Many of the children are unhealthy and underfed, and this makes for a difficult time educating the students. However, like in all countries, children play and find joy in the simplest of activities as they cope with their trouble lives. Their toys and games may be simple, but they hold the same fun and excitement for the children as any game or toy throughout the world.

  • The System of Education in Kenya – This .PDF file takes the reader through the history of the educational system in Kenya from the pre-European age to present day.
  • Kenya – This site is a brief overview of life in Kenya for children and adults, including such things as their culture, sports, and homes.
  • Computer Education in Kenya – This article seeks to identify the problems facing the Kenyan education system regarding the use of computers and Internet in their schools.
  • Jamhuri Day – This page features one of the most popular holidays in Kenya, Jamhuri Day, celebrated with symbolic activities which promote a pride in community, heritage, and country.
  • Africa Kid's Page – This is a fun and informative overview of the toys and games of Kenya.
  • HIV and AIDS in Kenya – Informing the reader of the outbreak of HIV in Kenya, this article shows the devastating effect it can have on the children.

 Australia

Many children in Australia live just as those do in the western countries. They own the same pets, live in the same kinds of homes, and eat the same kinds of foods. Many children, though, live on the outskirts of the Australian society. Called aborigines, they do not enjoy the same advantages of their urban counterparts. Many must go to school online in cyber communities, and many do not get adequate health care. Many children are taken from their aboriginal families and placed in foster care. So, though life for children may seem in this developed country, we learn that things are far from equal.

  • School of the Air – This article is comprehensive look at cyber schooling in Australia, the only means for some children in the outback to obtain a quality education.
  • Pet Statistics – This brief overview of pet ownership in Australia shows the peoples’ love for their pets.
  • Traditional Aboriginal Games and Activities – This run-down of traditional games of the Australian aborigines is extensive and informative.
  • Australians and Their Pets – As indicated in this presentation, dogs and cats are the most popular pets in Australia, and the majority of Australians have pets, contributing to a longer and happier life.
  • Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey – This in-depth publication covers the life and welfare of the children born as aborigines in Australia.
  • Australian Food and Drink – This government site traces the history of the foods that Australians eat, from the aboriginal diet prior to the settlement of the white people, to present day.

 England

  • Playground Games for Kids – This overview of children’s games includes activities enjoyed by children in England and throughout most of Europe.
  • UK Education Systems – This site examines the education system in the United Kingdom in relation to that of the United States with thorough examples of the curriculum that children are taught by age.
  • British Life and Culture – This day-in-the-life scenario depicts the daily routine of a kid in England.
  • The British Monarchy – Children in England have not only a president who creates the laws and regulations of the country, but also a king, queen, princesses and princes to admire and revere.
  • Holidays and Traditions – Learn how the British children celebrate Christmas in this historical article.
  • Travel for Kids – Fun and exciting sites and destinations to share with your children is at the center of this page.

Canada

Children of Canada are as varied and different from each other than many countries are. Some territories were colonized by the British and some the French and still others have been indigenous to the area for millennia. Therefore, the customs and celebrations, and even the language differ from one another. Hockey is the game of choice throughout the country, but other sports such as Lacrosse are common to the area as well. Education is government funded and very similar to schooling in the United States.

  • How to Celebrate Boxing Day – Children in Canada celebrate Boxing Day on December 26 to honor and reward those who provide services for individuals throughout the year.
  • Lacrosse: Canada's Game – Lacrosse is considered the “game of Canada,” and this article lets the readers know why.
  • Education in Canada – This informative site provides links to each segment of Canada’s education system, outlining who is financially responsible, and issues surrounding the education system, and funding sources.
  • Canada - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette – Children in Canada speak different languages and may have different customs as other children in the very same country, as explained on this site.
  • Plant Foods of Indigenous People – Some children in Canada still are members of indigenous tribes throughout the country, and these children may partake of many different wild plants in order to survive.
  • Canadian Children's Birthday Customs – Children of Canada have some very unique ways of celebrating their birthday, and this site reviews many of them.

Brazil

Though Brazil is thought to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, it is evident that many issues plague the children of Brazil. Through the hardships, however, beauty and joy spring forth in their celebrations and holiday spirit. Their religion is strong in their predominantly Christian country, and their roots are deep. Brazilians love their food with its spicy spirit, as they share mealtime with their families.

Antarctica

Antarctica is the coldest continent on the planet. There are no permanent residents on Antarctica, and visitors are scientists with jobs to do and missions to fulfill. Therefore, very few children have had the opportunity to visit this icy continent. Those who have would have been visitors with their parents on an expedition. There was one birth on Antarctica in 1978 by one of the station leaders. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Antarctica – Containing facts about the icy continent, this article points out that very few children have visited, due to the fact that they do not have jobs to do, and most everyone who goes to Antarctica has a job to do.
  • Children and Antarctica – As noted in this article, very few children have had the opportunity visit Antarctica, and they had gone on visits with their parents other than as a prize in the 1980’s.