Last updated: 4 january, 2011 - 12:41 GMT

Coming of age around the world

Newshour hears from people around the world about the pivotal moments in their lives which they believe have contributed to them coming of age.

Daniel Amoah

Daniel says he felt like an adult once he had graduated from high school

The BBC's Jamie Coomarasamy heard from 21-year-old Daniel Amoah who lives in Accra, Ghana, 20-year-old Zhang Qi from Beijing in China, and 18-year-old Mariam Demuria who is British-Georgian and lives in London.

He asked Daniel first, if he could point to one moment in his life so far that made him feel as though he had come of age.

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Hannah Jacobi, Isabella (Izzy) Goldstein, and Jodie Simmons

Becoming Kabbalat Torah involves two years of studying and helping out in the synagogue

Jewish children traditionally are seen to come of age in their early teens.

But for followers of Liberal Judaism, there is an additional ceremony at 15 when the can choose to affirm their faith: Kabbalat Torah.

In this report, three girls in London go through the service.

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Nicodemos Nicodemou

In some countries people are required to complete military service when they become young adults.

Nicodemos Nicodemou from Cyprus was one of them.

He describes the effect military service has on a teenager who is entering adulthood.

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Two teenage girls hold their mobile phones

Tapsi and Pranshita used pester power to get hold of their first mobiles

For many young people, one important stepping stone towards independence is getting their first mobile phone.

Indian youngsters, 12-year-old Tapsi Kohli and her 17-year-old friend Pranshita, discuss how they acquired their first mobile phones. Tapsi first.

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Shaun Bradley, 26, lives in Ireland and has Downs Syndrome.

He has moved out of his mother's home.

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Devyn Comb and his brother Anthony

Devyn (L) and Anthony are looking forward to greater independence


Devyn Combs is a high school student in Los Angeles, California.

He turns 16 next month and he is looking forward to getting his driving licence.

He has already got his first car, although he is not allowed to drive on public roads yet.

He and his brother Anthony describe what Devyn's first car will mean to them.

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Guide dog Neil and his owner Jim Muirhead

Jim says Neil has a very different personality from his last guide dog

It is not only humans who can come of age.

Neil is a black Labrador who has just qualified as a registered guide dog in London.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association have just matched him with his new owner, Jim Muirhead.

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You can hear more from this series on click Newshour until 14 January 2011.

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