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Time For School | India : Neeraj

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Neeraj, from Rajasthan, India faces many hardships to attend school. During the day she, unlike the boys in her family, is responsible for the household chores. While they play during the day, Neeraj must work. At night she goes to school and often returns so late that everyone has gone to bed. In this media gallery, follow Neeraj over the course of 12 years as she struggles to gain an education. Click here to check out the entire collection of classroom resources from TIME FOR SCHOOL. Check out the program website here.

Time for School | Kenya: Joab

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In this media gallery meet Joab, a first-grader in a school in Kenya. There are 74 children in his class and only one teacher. Students sit on mats instead of chairs with desks, not only because desks are too expensive but also so that more children can fit into the classroom. Follow Joab over 12 years as he struggles to get an education in the face of abject poverty. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

A Look at a Japanese Classroom | Wide Angle

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Japan has one of the most successful school systems in the world. It is also one of the most demanding school systems. In this video from Wide Angle, Ken Higashiguchi, a first grader in a Japanese school, started preschool when he was only one year old. In the video, Ken is experiencing his second day of first grade. He has no problem reading the words of the school song with all of the other children. Ken's teachers and parents have high expectations for him to be independent and to work hard. They also want him to grow up to be happy.