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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Huge numbers of Myanmar’s children forced to work

By: Daniel Besant - Posted on: March 31, 2016 | Featured

Newly released census data shows that more than 20% of the country’s 10 to 17 year olds are in work

More than 1.5 million school-age children between 10 and 17 years of age in Myanmar are forced to work, according to data released on Tuesday from a 2014 census, the country’s first in three decades.

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Not in school: a child labourer working at a construction site in Taunggo city. Photo: EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

“After the census, we found that over 1.5 million children aged between 10 and 17 have to work, though they should go to school,” said Khaing Khaing Soe of the Ministry of Immigration and Population. The figure represents 21% of children in that age group.

Children have long been a mainstay of Myanmar’s workforce, and the census found that more than 840,000 youngsters were employed as agricultural workers, more than 136,000 in small-scale manufacturing businesses, and more than 74,000 in construction.

“The issue itself is culturally accepted, because everywhere you go in this country, we see children working, in every sector,” Tim Aye-Hardy, the founder and director of the Myanmar Mobile Education Project, told Al Jazeera.

Under a law passed in 1951, children under the age of 13 are prohibited from working in shops and factories. The law also forbids children in the 13 to 15 age group from working for more than four hours a day. In December 2013, Myanmar’s parliament ratified the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999. This calls for the elimination of the “worst forms of child labour”, a list that includes slavery and the use of children in hazardous work and armed conflict.

In a statement released upon the publication of the data, Janet E. Jackson, the United Nations Population Fund’s representative for Myanmar, said that the children are missing out on the education that could lead to better jobs and employment security when they grow up.

“Myanmar’s youthful population puts the country on the verge of an economic boom, a phenomenon known as the ‘demographic dividend’,” Jackson wrote. “This potential can only be realised, however, if the country invests in its children and young people and provides adequate opportunities for training and productive work.”

Data from the ILO released in May 2014 showed that Vietnam had the highest rate of child labour in the region, for children aged 5 to 17, at 13.9%, just above Cambodia at 13.3%. Laos recorded 11.9% and Timor-Leste 10.8%. Indonesia had the lowest rate in the region: 4.6%. There was no data for that age range for Thailand and the remaining countries in Southeast Asia were not included in the report.

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