PBS NewsHour’s and PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Time for School

Air date: 09/19/2015

PBS NewsHour and PBS NewsHour Weekend Take Viewers on Worldwide Journey to Explore the Global Education Crisis


Reports to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meetings and conversations around strategy to close the global education gap 


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 despite progress over the past decade. Time for School, a six-part series of special reports on PBS NewsHour and PBS NewsHour Weekend premiering Saturday, September 19 on PBS (check local listings) – spotlights the 12-year journey of six extraordinary children in six countries as they struggle to attain basic education, putting a human face on this underreported global crisis.

Time for School introduces viewers to Nanavi (Benin), Jefferson (Brazil), Neeraj (India), Ken (Japan), Joab (Kenya) and Raluca (Romania), combining current-day footage, at the time of their hoped-for high school graduation, with a wealth of material shot over more than a decade, starting in 2003 when they were just entering their first year of school, and revealing who has made it through, despite daunting obstacles.

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.

This month, the international community is focused on the strategy to close the global education gap. On September 25-27, the United Nations General Assembly will meet to address the post-2015 development agenda, including its failure to meet the target date for the Millennium Development Goal of “Education for All.” PBS NewsHour’s broadcast of Time for School coincides with the U.N. summit, as world leaders take stock of the millions of children still left behind.

Following the broadcast, PBS NewsHour’s and PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Time for School segments will also be available on the PBS NewsHour website at pbs.org/newshour.

A 90-minute signature Time for School film will be completed in 2016 with airdates to be announced. For further information and to watch a preview visit: thirteen.org/time-for-school.

Time for School on PBS NewsHour and PBS NewsHour Weekend is made possible by The Wallach Family, in memory of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach, the Artemis Rising Foundation, Rosalie K. Stahl, Dana and Virginia Randt, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Julie and Peter Cummings.


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