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January 1st, 2010
Time for School Series
Live Discussion on Global Education

Call (718) 506-1351 to join the conversation!

WIDE ANGLE’s unprecedented, award-winning 12-year documentary project, Time for School, follows seven kids in seven countries struggling to get what nearly all American kids take for granted: a basic education.

On Thursday, September 10th at 12:00 noon, EST, we’ll be hosting a live discussion with Oren Rudavsky and Frederick Rendina, two of the film’s producers, and two experts on global education: David Gartner of the Brookings Institute and Faryal Khan of UNESCO.

The discussion will be hosted by Pamela Hogan, Executive Producer of Time for School. You can read a Q & A with Hogan about the series on the Inside Thirteen blog.

Visit our site to listen live through Blog Talk Radio, and call (718) 506-1351 with any questions for our guests. You can also send us your questions in advance by leaving a comment below.

We’d especially like to hear from students and educators, and want to extend a special welcome to members of Classroom 2.0, a social network for people interested in using collaborative technologies in education.

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Monique Zipperich

    All of the children in this counrty (US) would benefit from viewing your reporting on this subject. From the elite school system to the inner city kids, all would benefit to learn about the rest of the world. As a student reentering college to complete a MA in Psychology and a single mom, you reminded me of all the opportunities I have here int he U.S. – Thanks keep up the extrodinary work! Peace – Monique

  • Tiffany

    it just brings tears to my eyes to see how hard these children work just for something that we take for granted here. I am a young single mother of one and I work a full time 12-hr. job, and go to school for nursing so i understand but the difference is I am an adult…these are children. I really admire them

  • Alicia

    Currently I am in the process of completing my degree so I can become a teacher, and I wanted to know if the teachers in the African schools were hired by their respective countries or were they provided by an organization?

  • Rivka

    Is there any way to send money or aid to a particular student in the film? Joab, the 15 year old fending for himself and his siblings, is someone I would be interested in helping. I understand that you list organizations that help but is there any way to direct aid specifically toward him?

  • Tanya

    I just watched the last half of the show and I am in awe of these kids. I was especially touched by Joab’s wisdom, calmness, and dedication to school against all odds – being the parent to his younger ones and even the provider to his father. I cried while watching his story and smiled when his one piece of advise to the other kids was “just keep going to school.” I’m a law student supporting myself and sometimes I think I have it rough but these kids have absolutely inspired me. How can I help them?

  • Ken Okoth

    This is an awesome production by PBS. Thank you, thank you! If you would like to sponsor Joab and/or other children in Kibera like him, please visit or email us . The Children of Kibera Foundation is a US 501c3 charity, and runs sponsorships and other educational support programs for orphans and vulnerable children like Joab in primary and secondary school. Thanks for all your support. Ken Okoth.

  • Lori

    Could you please ask the experts in today’s discussion what is needed THE MOST in schools in developing countries like Kenya? Is it food aid, aid for school supplies and uniforms, better and more experienced teachers, support for girl child education, or better facilities? I know it is all needed, but what is the priority? What will help children go to school and stay in school?

  • Emily

    Joab is such a wise and strong young man. I know he will make his dreams come true! When I look at my kids and see all that they have it makes me realize we are so very lucky to have all the opportunities that we have. I’m a single mom but now I feel like I shouldn’t complain about my problems because they are nothing in comparison to his. The world needs more people like Joab!

  • Kayla

    Watching this series made me realize how much I took my education for granted. These kids amaze me with their strength & determination. Some of them have so much resposibility. More than I have now as an adult.
    I don’t have to worry about what my next meal will be and I don’t have younger siblings to worry about. Joab & Neeraj stories really got to me. This is grear series.

  • anne

    What can I do?! I’m, 67, retired and fighting cancer. I can’t travel to Africa or India or countries where children must live such hard lives but I want to be able to say thatI helped at least one child change his/her life through education. Please list some organizations that will provide the children with direct access to money contributed. Thank you for the excellent programs you provide!

  • Lori

    Can you please tell us if education of children with disabilities is included in the UN Goals?

  • Lisa Robinson Jackson

    I, too, was brougt to tears to see what so many have to endure just to try and get a basic education. while others, who are freely entitled to it, throw it away without a second thought. It moved me to want to get involved. I called my sister Marcia Robinson who has a PhD in Education and who also has a passion for Africa. She wants to know what she can do as well. She is looking for an opportunity to teach in Africa. But what’s even better, she is gifted in the arts – dancing, singing, etc. and presently is director of a cultural center in Las Vegas that teaches the arts to youths. The program is second to none and I say this unbiasly!

    But don’t count me out! Whatever I can do, please let me konw. I can’t just write and say good program. This series screamed at my inner soul – so much so thatI just can’t say poor kids, what a shame!
    Just like that lady said at the end, if we can reach just one! This needs to be aired in the schools so maybe someone considering dropping out may be encouraged to endure til graduation! My sleeves are rolled up….where do I start?

  • Molly French

    Ken we appreciate your guidance to the Children of Kiberia organization and I will definitely look into it. I was wondering though whether there is a way to get any help directly to Joab and his brothers? There are several of us who posted to a Wide-Angle related site last night who are interested in specifically helping his family. Of course I don’t want to negate or dismiss the other children’s needs as I ask this, but his story struck a profound cord and many would like to help he and his brothers directly. Please let us know if that is possible.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.


  • Cynthia

    Such an inspiring program!! Makes me want to initiate an exchange program so that kids that I work with here in Vancouver could travel elsewhere to understand the real challenges kids around the world take on so that they can be educated… How can we use this momentum to continue this learning? There is SO much to be gained through education and cultural exchange. Kudos to everyone involved in this project!

  • Ken Okoth

    Molly French — please email me directly, and we can work out something for Joab and his siblings. We are a small non-profit doing real work in Kibera. We know Joab and his teachers (I had the same teacher in elementary school 20 years ago!!!). Our staff is small, but we can do something special for Joab. We just don’t want to overpromise everyone if a lot of support comes through, that they will all be helping Joab only. We will definitely get support to help Joab and more kids as we already do in Kibera. Again, see the following links for example projects and . Thanks, Ken

  • Annette

    Kudos on this excellent documentary series! What is the status of the Kenya Krew? Have they achieved their goal of raising $15,000? Have there been similar initiatives at other schools in the US?

  • Ken Okoth

    Cynthia –
    If you want to set up a service/learning link and future trip with schools in Kenya, I can help you. We have done that in the past with high school and college students. Check out . Our groups were students from around Washington DC and North Carolina, working with children at schools in Kibera. Best wishes, Ken

  • Ken Okoth

    Molly and Lisa (and others who want to help Joab). The projects coordinator for CoKF ( visited Ayany Primary School today and spoke with the principal about the desire of so many people to support Joab, and how our foundation could play a role in making sure that happens appropriately. Joab was on a field trip today with the rest of the 7th grade children at Ayany Primary School, but we’ll be able to post an update photo and message from him and his school next week. I am flying to Nairobi too next Wednesday, and will probably visit with Joab on Thursday or Friday. The key thing we need to figure out is how to help Joab and his siblings without causing trouble with the father who has practically left them for his new family. We are not interested in judging or punishing the dad for that decision or complicating the fragile relationship between him and his kids any more than it already is. Believe me, we will find a solution, we have done so for other kids that we help too. Thanks to all for your support, including those who already sent in their donations online since the show aired. Be blessed. Ken Okoth,Founder/Chairperson, Children of Kibera Foundation

  • Mercy Otieno

    I am from Kenya too and was deeply saddened by Joab’s story and would like to help. Is something set up for him that we could send direct too.


  • Wide Angle

    For those of you who have expressed interest in helping the children in the film, please visit our “How You Can Help” page:

    There are organizations listed in the Kenya and Benin sections that work specifically with the kids in the film from those countries, Joab and Nanavi, as well as organizations that help children in each of the countries featured in the film.

    Ken Okoth’s organization, Children of Kibera, mentioned in this discussion, is on our list of recommendations for how you can help.

  • Karen Weiner

    Kudos to Wide Angle for the wonderful work they have done once again in ‘Time for School 3′ and in the entire series! I am a teacher on Long Island & the advisor of Kenya Krew, and I wanted to jump in to respond to some of the wonderful responses from so many of you. If you would like to assist the children of Ayany Primary School (Joab’s school), my students and I would welcome your donations to our project!

    I’m thrilled to see that so many people were spurred to action by Joab’s story — it is truly heart-wrenching, and he is an incredible inspiration.

    The group my students and I have started, Kenya Krew, is aimed at building a school library at Ayany Primary School (as many of you have read on Wide Angle’s website). We have raised about $8000 toward our goal of $15,000, but some of that money has been used to replace the desks in the 7th grade classroom at Ayany, and to create a temporary Reading Room for the students until the library is constructed. Therefore, we may actually end up having to raise more than the original $15,000 — we are in the process of reassessing the amount.

    We have been working closely with the principal of Joab’s school, and as you can see on the website, we have developed tran-Atlantic friendships with the Ayany children through our pen pal activities. While donations to Kenya Krew would not go directly to Joab and his siblings, they would benefit all of the children of Ayany, many of whose stories are equally compelling and inspirational. If you are interested in contributing to our Kenya Krew project, you may send your donation to my attention at Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559. Checks should be made to Lawrence Middle School, with “Kenya Krew” written in the Memo line. We wire money directly from our account to Joab’s school, so that we are assured that the money ends up where it is intended.

    Ken, your organization sounds like it is doing wonderful work — I would certainly be interested in connecting with you by phone or email to discuss further our shared interest in working with the children of Kibera.

    Thank you all for your interest in Joab, his siblings and all of the children of Kibera. Please feel free to respond to my posting if you have any questions regarding Kenya Krew, and of course we welcome your donations to our cause!

    Best wishes to all,
    Karen Weiner, Kenya Krew advisor (NY)

  • Candy

    well im an 8th grader in dallas and i think evryone shoul have a chanse to go to skool.

    while we skip skool not pay attention and ignore the fact tat we actually have a chanse to go to skool and those children dont and we take it for granted…….. thatz just no right everyone should do somethimg about it i mean those kids diserve better!!!

    ever since i saw that shou i have been payi

  • compare hawaii private schools

    Watching this series made me realize how much I took my education for granted. These kids amaze me with their strength & determination. Some of them have so much resposibility. More than I have now as an adult.
    I don’t have to worry about what my next meal will be and I don’t have younger siblings to worry about. Joab & Neeraj stories really got to me. This is grear series.

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