TYO Recommends: Friday, June 15

With the majority of US schools letting out today and TYO Nablus' summer off to a great start, this week's recs highlight healthy summer options for kids. We also delve into the power of women's education and how to reach home bound girls.

Lazy Days of Summer. Education Nation reports that recent studies find that US children are less likely to be spending their summers riding bikes or running through a sprinkler and are at greater risk during summer break to obesity and food insecurity, which affects their ability to return to school ready to learn. The National Summer Learning Association's report Healthy Summers for Kids: Turning Risks into Opportunity summarizes both the challenges to summer health for youth and promising practices to improve health around the country.

Video Game Value. Can video games complement school learning or increase socialization? There is no replacement for physical activity outside during the summer, but should kids be found inside which games are the best to play? From Dora's Cooking Club to Skylander's Spyro Adventure, Common Sense Media gives us 10 surprising ways to spot an educational video game.

Shattered Ceiling in Delhi. There is powerful evidence supporting the education for girls and no shortage of respected personalities calling for increased investment and its direct affect on health, environmental, and economic issues. Recently, the historic Anglo Arabic School in New Delhi has joined the ranks by admitting its first two female students since its inception in 1696. Congratulations to the institution on this long overdue step forward!

Reaching Home Bound Girls. We look forward to the results of an upcoming study by Save the Children International and the International Labor Organization on homebound girls under age 18 in Jordan. TYO's recent Nablus community needs assessment findings revealed that girls past puberty were often forbidden from leaving home and participating in activities. A study like this could reveal very helpful information, as we look to expand our outreach to these vulnerable girls.