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September 2nd, 2009
Time for School Series
Video: Behind the Scenes with the Kids

Several children featured in Time For School sent letters about what they learned by being part of the film, and answered questions on camera about the challenges they think children face in the world.

Click on the images below to see messages from Shugufa in Afghanistan (left), and Nanavi in Benin (right).

Click on the videos below to see messages from Jefferson in Brazil, and Raluca in Romania.

Jefferson in Brazil

Raluca in Romania

  • Erica Holness

    Can we provide financial support for any of these kids? I am interested in sponsoring Joab and his siblings in Kenya. I barely slept last night after the most recent episode. My heart is breaking for them

  • Kristi Wilson

    I agree with comment #1. I, too, would be interested in finding out how to provide financial support to Joab and some of the other children featured in the film. Through what channels would we need to go through to make sure financial support got to the children and were used for the items they need?

  • Carolynne Griffin

    I too am very touched by Joab and his siblings. I want to write to him and encourage him. He is so strong and patient. Is there a way to get messages to him? Thank you for this series. I wish every American school kid would see it and know how fortunate they are.

  • Susan Henry

    Ditto here – my heart broke for Joab, who was working so very, very hard in such difficult circumstances. More than anything, I wanted him and his siblings to have a caring mother figure again. Life is so hard for so many people. Could anyone in the Wide Angle crew or production group let Joab know how much his story has touched people, how much admiration and hope we have for him, and how we want something so much better for him and the many children like him? (Sadly, that sounds so empty – just words.)

  • valerie

    I too would like to provide financial support. I would like to sponsor Nanavi in Benin. Can you tell me how I could do this- Thanks

  • Grant Jacobus

    We and a couple of others who like you all were so moved by Joab’s story are working trying to help him in anyway we can. We are currently working on retaining an advocate for him. There is new housing recently built in the Seweto area of Kibera Slums. I have also found out that the cost for a two bedroom apartment would be less than $200 for the entire year.
    If any one would to join us please feel free to email me at
    Peace and joy to you all.

  • 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 work on education issues in each of the countries featured in the film.

  • Olivia

    I am a sixth grader, and this year my English teacher used the Time for School series to teach non-fiction. It is really a shame to watch all the kids who deserve better live in poverty. To help us understand the conditions of some schools, My teacher taught us in “night school”. It was basically cloth held up by desks and a hat rack. We really didn’t learn much that day, and my back hurt so much from not sitting in a chair. I also really feel bad that Neeraj dropped out of school. There should be a video when they take all the kids in the video and put them in a school in the U. S. , and see how they react.

  • Marcelle

    I’m an eighth grader fro DC and we watched this when we were studying education in other countries and doing research papers. I thought it was ridiculous that in India the girls do all the work and the boys just sit around. While i was watching a part were Jaob didn’t have any food I was sitting there eating and I felt incredibly bad. Why can’t they have food and houses and a good education like we do? Seriously it’s ridiculous. I feel that they say all these things that they want to be when they grow up and for me I will actually be able to do practically any thing i want to do but they are so limited in what they can do with there life. Nanavi and Joabs story’s where very similar and very touching both. I think mentally if one of my parents died I would die inside. I don’t know how they live on like that. Even Raluca doesn’t have it as well off as me and most of the kids at my school. I think it’s very disappointing that I have such a great education and all over the world there are people who don’t have food, beds, houses, even the resources like chalk they need for school. I think that Wide Angle should have followed a kid from the USA so that it could compare to the kids in other countries. I think that every single one of these school systems has room for improvement, including Ken’s. I think that every school system should be different but all give equal education to every student girl or boy that would like to go to school, maybe even make them go to school for a certain amount of time. The lack of education incredibly frustrating because when you don’t get an education you wont get the job that every single person girl or boy diserves. :)

  • Pauline

    Thank you, PBS, for your incredible work of educating me of the challenges and determination of these precious children who are hungry and thirsty for a chance in the classroom. I am so proud of what you do. This series was an eye opener for me and I will access the website provided to learn more of how I can help. Most of the kids where I live have no clue how fortunate they are to be able to attend school without the responsibility of being the “man of the house”. Blessings to your and your staff.

  • virginia private school stats

    Can we provide financial support for any of these kids? I am interested in sponsoring Joab and his siblings in Kenya. I barely slept last night after the most recent episode. My heart is breaking for them

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