BYKIDS PARTNERS WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION TO BRING AWARD-WINNING INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILMS TO CLASSROOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
BYkids is pleased to announce a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of high-quality, digital content for grades K-12. Through the partnership, Discovery Education will provide three BYkids youth-filmed documentaries to classrooms across the nation through Discovery Education streaming.
“I am thrilled to have Discovery Education bring our films into American classrooms,” said Holly Carter of BYkids. “Today’s youth faces a world of increasing complexity. BYkids films awaken young audiences to not only our global challenges, but also to the inspiration and insight necessary for tomorrow’s leaders.”
BYkids is a non-profit organization that creates biographical films made by youth from around the world whose stories reveal issues that are impacting the global community. Each BYkids youth filmmaker is given a professional video camera and mentored by a renowned master filmmaker. BYkids films have garnered major awards at film festivals across the world.
The documentaries available through Discovery Education streaming include:
• Home is Where You Find It — Two film luminaries mentor 16-year-old Alcides Soares in making a film about his life as an AIDS orphan in Maputo, Mozambique. One of the 500,000 Mozambican kids who have lost both parents to AIDS, Alcides’s story about recreating family is both deeply inspiring and timely.
• My Country is Tibet — The 17-year-old exiled King of Tibet, Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari, tells his personal story whose complexities reflect that of an entire generation of Tibetan youth. As the only recognized descendent of the first Dharma King of Tibet, Trichen carries the unique responsibility of representing Tibet’s unbroken history and heritage.
• First in Our Hearts — Overcoming the challenges of social prejudice and poverty, 15-year-old Jayshree Janu Kharpade fulfills her lifelong dream of returning to her studies at school in India. Jayshree sheds a personal light on the immense social and economic potential of educating girls in the developing world.
“BYkids films inform and engage today’s students’ imagination and passions,” said Kelli Campbell of Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to partner with BYkids to take students beyond the classroom and provide them an opportunity to learn about global issues from their peers around the world.”
Through the partnership with Discovery Education, BYkids documentaries will reach more than half of all U.S. classrooms.
BYkids changes the way Americans see the world by using the power of film as a tool for global understanding and a catalyst for action. BYkids pairs master filmmakers with youth (ages 8-21) from around the world to mentor the child in creating a short documentary about his or her life and packages these compelling stories for the widest possible audience including half the high school and middle schools in the United States.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
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