Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Educating Yaprak

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Turkey's ambitious campaign to reduce poverty includes convincing reluctant parents to send their daughters to school.

Life 4 - Educating Yaprak

At the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey is a country with a large, young population. But literacy rates have traditionally lagged behind neighboring Greece and Bulgaria. With its sights firmly set on future EU membership, Turkey has identified education as key to reducing poverty. So Turkey has embarked on an ambitious campaign, targeting those most deprived of education - young teenage girls - especially from the poor rural areas. Life visits Turkey's eastern Province of Van and meets 13-year-old Yaprak, just one of the many targeted by this massive education drive. She, for one, is sure of the benefits. 'I want to study until the end. I want to finish university. I want to have a job.'

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Awards

American Public Health Association Film Festival

Citation

Main credits

Tatham, Di (film director)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Smita Malde; executive producer, Brenda Kelly.


Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Di Tatham

Brenda Kelly
Di Tatham
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Turkey
Poverty
Education
Women's Studies
International Relations and Geopolitics
Sociology
Islam
Rural Studies
Youth Issues
Cultural Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Economics
Education
Europe
European Studies
Geography
Human Rights
Humanities
Islamic Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations
Women's Studies

Keywords

Turkey, Education, Asia, EU, European Union, poverty, Islamic Studies, Women, Women's Studies; "Educating Yaprak"; Bullfrog Films

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