Economic factors greatly influence the quality of education. The educational systems of developing countries are often on a substandard level when compared to nations of economically advanced countries. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Back to School," view and compare the classrooms of students from Kenya and Japan.
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.
In this lesson plan, students learn about Ken and Joab, two boys who are starting first grade. Ken attends school in Japan, while Joab lives in Kenya. Students compare and contrast the circumstances surrounding the two boys’ experiences at school. They create a venn diagram demonstrating what they have learned. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.