Time For School: 2003-2016

Air date: 09/15/2016

Time for School: 2003 – 2016 The Stories of Five Extraordinary Children in Five Countries over 12 Years Fighting Against the Odds for a Basic Education in September on PBS

 The new 90-minute documentary to be featured as part of PBS’ “Spotlight Education” week

While September marks the return to school for students in the United States, education is still not an option for millions of children in developing countries. Time for School: 2003 – 2016, premiering nationwide Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), puts a human face on this underreported global crisis, spotlighting the 12-year journey of five extraordinary children in five countries as they struggle to get a basic education.

The new 90-minute documentary is part of PBS’ “Spotlight Education,” a week of primetime programming focused on the challenges facing America’s education system.

Time for School introduces viewers to Nanavi in Benin; Jefferson in Brazil; Neeraj in India; Joab in Kenya; and Shugufa in Afghanistan and follows them from their first year of school in 2003 to the time of their hoped-for high school graduation. The film, told through the point of view of the children and their families, presents the contrasting lives of those who were forced to abandon schooling and those who are still following their dreams. It tells a 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.

This unique 12-year documentary project was inspired by the Millennium Development Goal of “Education for All,” a promise that 189 nations made to the United Nations in 2000, to provide every child around the world with a free primary education by 2015. While there has been progress over the past 15 years, there are still 58 million children out of school around the globe and around 100 million who do not complete primary school – in spite of universal recognition that education is the smartest anti-poverty investment that any country can make.

Time for School: 2003 – 2016 is directed and produced by Nina Chaudry. Andrew Fredericks and Nina Chaudry are the writers. Andrew Fredericks is editor. Pamela Hogan is series creator. Pamela Hogan, Tamara Rosenberg and Oren Rudavsky are executive producers. Sally Jo Fifer is executive producer for ITVS. Julie Anderson is executive producer for THIRTEEN. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge for WNET.

Time for School: 2003 – 2016 is a co-production of LoudMouse Productions LLC, THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, and Independent Television Service (ITVS).

Major funding for Time for School: 2003 – 2016 is provided by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation, the Artemis Rising Foundation, Rosalie K. Stahl, Dana and Virginia Randt, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Fisher-Cummings Family Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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In Afghanistan, Shugufa, 11, is finally attending school after years in a Pakistani refugee camp. 2004. Photo Credit: Hardline Films. 2004

Shugufa is 13 years old and starting 6th grade in Afghanistan, 2006. Photo credit: Hardline Films. 2006

After starting school later than her peers, Shugufa, 13, studied hard and caught up. She attends 6th grade in Afghanistan, 2006. Photo Credit: Hardline Films. 2006

Shugufa, 17, attends 11th grade in Afghanistan, 2009. Photo Credit: Ruhi Hamid. 2009

17-year-old Shugufa, now in eleventh grade, poses with her parents in Afghanistan, 2009. Photo Credit: Ruhi Hamid. 2009

Shugufa walks with friends to school where she is in eleventh grade, 17 years old, 2009. Photo Credit: Ruhi Hamid. 2009

Shugufa, 20, attends a university in Afghanistan, 2014. Photo Credit: Mariam Alimi. 2014

Shugufa, 20, attends a university in Afghanistan, 2014. Photo Credit: Mariam Alimi. 2014

8-year-old Jefferson in Rocinha, Brazil, 1st Grade, 2006. Photo Credit: Julieta Roitman. 2006

1st grader, Jefferson, age 8, and his older sister Bianca help each other with homework in Rocinha, Brazil, 2006. Photo Credit: Julieta Roitman. 2006

Jefferson, 8, plays soccer with friends in Brazil, 1st grade, 2006. Photo Credit: Julieta Roitman. 2006

1st grader Jefferson, age 8, works on his homework in Rocinha, Brazil, 2006. Photo Credit: Julieta Roitman. 2006

Jefferson, now 10 years old and in 4th grade, plays soccer with friends, Brazil, 2008. Photo credit: Alexandre Lima. 2008

16-year-old Jefferson attends 10th grade in Brazil, 2014. Photo Credit: Alexandre Lima. 2014

16-year-old Jefferson at the school where he is attends 10th grade, Brazil, 2014. Photo Credit: Pam Hughes. 2014

10th grader Jefferson, 16, walks down the hallway of his high school in Brazil, 2014. Photo Credit: Pam Hughes. 2014

10-year-old Joab, wearing his school uniform. He has just started 1st grade at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, 2003. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2003

1st grader Joab at Ayany Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 years old, 2003. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2003

10-year-old Joab waits in line with classmates outside of Ayany Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, 1st grade, 2003. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2003

In 2003, Kenya abolished primary school fees, offering children like 10-year-old Joab the opportunity to go to school. On his first day, Joab considers himself lucky to crowd into a 70-student classroom without desks or chairs. 1st grade, Ayany Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya, 2003. Photo Credit: Brenda Kariuki. 2003

12-year-old Joab attends 4th grade at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, 2006. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2006

Joab, age 12, helps with household chores in Kibera, a large slum in Kenya, where he lives with his father and younger siblings, 4th grade, 2006. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2006

Joab, 12, at Ayany Primary School where he attends 4th grade, Nairobi, Kenya, 2006. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2006

15-year-old Joab and his younger siblings in Kibera, where they live by themselves after their father remarried, 6th grade, Kenya, 2008. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2008

Joab, 15, is now in 6th grade at Ayany Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina 2008

6th grader Joab at Ayany Primary School, Nairobi, Kenya, 15 years old, 2008. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2008

15-year-old Joab at Ayany Primary School where he attends 6th grade, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2008

Joab, now 21, in Kisumu, Kenya, 2014. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2014

21-year-old Joab returns to his old home, Kibera. He had been living at his grandparents’ farm in Kisuma, Kenya, 2014. Photo Credit: Frederick Rendina. 2014

In the tiny village of Koutagba in Benin, Africa, 9-year-old Nanavi is the first girl from her family to enroll in school. The usual path for girls her age was to be initiated into the traditional voodoo convent and readied for marriage. But the voodoo priest gave his permission for Nanavi to attend school. Kindergarten, 2003. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2003

Kindergartener Nanavi, age 9, and her mentor Marguerite, walk to and from school together every day, Benin, 2003. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2003

12-year-old Nanavi and her mentor Marguerite help out with household chores when they aren’t in school, 3rd grade, Benin, 2006 . Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2006

Nanavi, now 15 and in 6th grade, Benin, 2009. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2009

15-year-old Nanavi attends 6th grade. In order to get to school from her small village of Koutagba, she must walk two hours each way, Benin, 2009. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2009

Nanavi, now 15 and in 6th grade, Benin, 2009. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2009

Nanavi, 21, holds her new baby, Fortune, near their home in Bohicon, Benin, 2015. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2015

21-year-old Nanavi has a baby of her own and is studying photography in Bohicon, Benin, 2015. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2015

Nanavi, 21, studies photography in Bohicon, Benin, 2015. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2015

Nanavi, now 21, lives in Bohicon, Benin with her baby and his father. They plan to educate their son. 2015. Photo Credit: Hervé Cohen. 2015