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Introduction: Time for School 2003 to 2016 (02:32)


In 2000, over 1 million children, globally ,never attended school. This program will follow Joab Onyando, Jefferson Narciso, Nanavi Todenou, Neeraj Guejar, and Shugufa Sohrabi from their first days of school until twelve years later. (Credits)

Neeraj: Age 9 (04:42)

India possessed the most child laborers in 2003. Neeraj discusses the daily chores she has to perform before attending school at night in Rajasthan. Shyoji Ram teaches mathematics, letters, and geography. (Credits)

Jefferson: Age 8 (05:28)

Half of the students in Brazil drop out before the eigth grade. Bolsa Familia pays poor families to keep their kids in school. Jefferson wants to be a soccer player when he grows up; Leslie Narciso describes the difficulties in raising her son alone.

Shugufa: Age 11 (05:51)

Virtually no girls' schools existed in Afghanistan before the fall of the Taliban. The Sohrabi family lived in Pakistan for four and a half years before moving to Kapisa. Shugufa describes her daily routine.

Joab: Age 10 (05:04)

In 2003, the Kenyan government eliminated school fees to have more children entering primary school. Joab would like to become a pilot, engineer, or teacher. In the first grade, Mary Macharia teaches the alphabet and counting to students.

Nanavi: Age 9 (05:17)

Koutagba confined girls to a voodoo convent and forbade education. Regina Guedou travels to remote locations to convince parents to send their daughters to school. Michel Aiounko describes how female registration has improved during his tenure.

Nanavi: Age 12 (04:00)

Nanavi and her mother work in the fields every day harvesting food. The mill broke and the family cannot afford to fix it. Nanavi still attends school but her schoolwork has suffered and is barely passing.

Jefferson: Age 10 (03:43)

Jefferson studies so he can find a good job. After graduating fourth grade, children move to a larger school outside of Rocinha. Leslie worries Jefferson may drop out of school and deal drugs for a living.

Joab: Age 13 (04:03)

Joab left school because of the death of his mother. After a social worker returned him to school, his grades improved and he has been appointed prefect.

Neeraj: Age 12 (02:41)

Kanaram Gujar explains why Neeraj left school. A drought occurred in Rajasthan, hurting the family financially. Neeraj will return to school after the seasonal migration.

Neeraj: Age 15 (03:09)

The schoolmaster closed the night school Neeraj was attending. Neeraj was forced to learn with younger children who teased her. Her parents hope that she marries an educated man.

Nanavi: Age 15 (03:37)

Nanavi is learning English and walks for two hours to get to middle school. Patrice Assogba describes the difference that attending school will make in her life.

Shugufa: Age 16 (05:15)

Shugufa studied hard and caught up to the other girls in her grade level. Shamsee Arozo rebukes those who plant bombs in girls' schools. Shugufa finishes homework after her chores are completed.

Joab: Age 15 (05:47)

After his father remarried, Joab became the patriarch of his brothers and sisters. Elisheba Kayeri describes the challenges Joab faces in graduating. Joab wonders why his mother died and not his father.

Jefferson: Age 16 (04:01)

Leslie took her children and left Rocinha after Jefferson lost a friend. Her older daughters remained behind because they married. Jefferson was held back and his grades improved.

Nanavi: Age 21 (05:24)

Nanavi's son Adahou Fortune was born a year earlier; Nanavi left Koutagba after she failed sixth grade. She ran away after her aunt and uncle beat her. Rodrigue Kouncudji teaches her photography.

Joab: Age 21 (03:32)

Joab dropped out three years ago after transitioning to Nakeel Boarding School. Joab's grandmother took him in and he learned how to farm. Gerald is completing his final exams and will graduate.

Neeraj: Age 21 (05:46)

Jagdish Guejar describes seeing Neeraj before their wedding ceremony. Neeraj returns home to give birth to a daughter and hopes she will become educated.

Shugufa: Age 23 (04:59)

Shugufa completed high school with honors and obtained the highest entrance exam grades in her class. She hopes to become a lawyer and religious leader for her community and speak out against the Taliban. Learn what the children featured in the documentary are doing today.

Credits: Tim for School 2003-2016 (00:32)

Credits: Tim for School 2003-2016

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Time for School: 2003 - 2016 puts a human face on an underreported global crisis, by spotlighting the journey of five extraordinary children in five countries as they struggle to get a basic education. Time for School introduces viewers to Nanavi in Benin; Jefferson in Brazil; Neeraj in India; Joab in Kenya; and Shugufa in Afghanistan on their first days of school and follows them from for the next 12 years. Told primarily through the point of view of the children and their families, Time for School presents the contrasting lives of those who were forced to abandon schooling and those who are still following their dreams. It tells a gripping story of what's at stake when war, abject poverty, or just being a girl stands between a child and the simple promise of a basic education.

Length: 86 minutes

Item#: BVL151319

Copyright date: ©2016

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