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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Reaching Out to the Grassroots

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Education and community-driven development combat poverty in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Life 4 - Reaching Out to the Grassroots

Shilmundi is a village in the vast Delta in the south of Bangladesh. The children here attend a local school, and come together to study after hours, a sign of their enthusiasm for learning. But the real question is how long they'll be able to continue. This program looks at two very different approaches to improving the lives of poor people -- one through education, as in the Shilmundi project in Bangladesh, the other through what's known as 'community-driven development' in Indonesia.

Life asks whether projects like these can be replicated in other countries trying to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals of halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015.

'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

Citation

Main credits

Bruce, Ashley (film director)
Chalk, Sophie (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Tikaram, Ramon (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou.


Distributor credits

Ashley Bruce

Ashley Bruce
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Poverty
Bangladesh
Indonesia
Education
Poverty
Community
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Development
Urban Studies

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
At-risk Youth
Community
Developing World
Economics
Education
Global Issues
Humanities
Millennium Development Goals
Poverty
Sociology
United Nations
Urban Studies

Keywords

Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Asian Studies, education, poverty, Shilmundi, Indonesia, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, UN, United Nations; "Reaching Out to the Grassroots"; Bullfrog Films

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