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Back To School Isn't So Easy For Some

As many of us take our children to school for the first time this year, Jack takes a closer look at the same efforts parents are making across the world to do the same thing.

WIDE ANGLE Puts a Human Face on the Global Education Crisis in Back to School, Premiering September 5 on PBS

NY,NY, (NAMC) - More than 100 million children worldwide won't attend school this year, one in four children in the developing world will drop out before completing four years of education, and nearly one billion adults - one sixth of the world's people - are illiterate. Particularly troubling is that 60 percent of those denied schooling are girls.

In 2003, WIDE ANGLE profiled seven children from seven different countries - Afghanistan, Benin, India, Japan, Brazil, Kenya, and Romania - as they started their first year of school in the multi-year documentary project Time for School. This year, Back to School checks in on the students. WIDE ANGLE will periodically visit these children through 2015, the U.N. target date for achieving universal education, to update the events of their lives and their progress. These children's stories will offer insight to American audiences about the striking disparities of circumstance and opportunity in different countries around the world.
WIDE ANGLE: Back to School premieres Tuesday, September 5 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

The featured children are: Nanavi from Benin, who is the first girl from her family able to enter school, but is hanging on to her enrollment by a thread, no longer able to afford her books and uniform due to her father's recent death; Shugufa, the second-oldest of 11 children in a suburb of Kabul, Afghanistan, whose father responds to his neighbor's criticism that girls shouldn't go to school by quoting an Islamic verse that says "Education is the obligation of every person, male or female;" Joab, who excels in a 94-student classroom outside Nairobi, Kenya, despite the recent loss of his mother and his heavy household responsibilities; Raluca from Bucharest, Romania, whose parents work diligently to provide her with the luxuries they never had under communism; Ken in Nara, Japan, who has attended state-supported school in one of the world's finest educational systems since he was one year old; Neeraj, from rural India, who attends night school so she can help support her family during the day; and Jefferson, from a favela (slum) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, whose family receives a government stipend to ensure that he stays in school.

Back to School has benefited from the expertise of some of the world's top education specialists, including David E. Bloom, professor of economics and demography at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-director of the project on Universal Basic and Secondary Education at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Gene Sperling, director of the Center on Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations; Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics; and Eddah Gachukia, founder of the Forum for African Women Educationists.

WIDE ANGLE is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York for PBS. Stephen Segaller is executive producer. Pamela Hogan is series producer. Andy Halper is senior producer.