What kind of future does a child have without an education? This three part series from Wide Angle
delves deep into global educational systems, uncovering the heartbreaking realities many young people face in trying to learn. Viewers are introduced to several students from across the world and follow their struggles to obtain an education in an increasingly unstable environment.
In Part One, we discover students facing unique cultural and economic challenges to their future education. From India, where a female elementary student attends night classes despite her family's insistence that her education is worthless, to Brazil where students as young as 5 have to deal with a lack of adult care and drug culture. These are just two examples of the students the series follows through a year of struggles.
Part Two returns to the group three years later to see how their education has progressed. Even students from more economically stable regions still face rigorous competition and expectations. Receiving high quality education often means these kids have little time for social activities or rest. Meanwhile, low-income and rural students still struggle to make it to classes at all. Some struggle to support their families, while others have to dodge bullets just to walk to school.
Finally in Part Three, we find our group again after another three years to discover some things have drastically changed. One female student is one of only 11% of girls her age who is still in school, despite having to walk four hours to and from class every day. Meanwhile, two boys face the death and abandonment of their parents, but continue to strive for an education. This is an unforgettable, and surprisingly optimistic, final chapter to an amazing tale of perseverance.A Global Roll Call: The Need for Education Worldwide (DVD) - 3-part series
- ISBN: 978-1-61616-899-5
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- Copyright Date: 2009