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Rarely do we come across a video that is visually beautiful, intellectually stimulating and emotionally inspiring.  “One childhood” is a documentary about how schools and schoolteachers in Eritrea are part of the campaign to improve children’s health.  Based on the actual findings of two thorough technical evaluations that showed the wide coverage and effectiveness of the Eritrea programs, the film tells the story of how school health is now being delivered in the mountains of Eritrea, in the arid lands of the Red Sea coast and in urban Asmara.  Available on YouTube, where it has been seen by 14,000 people in a month—probably 13,980 more than read the two technical reports—the film has won the CINE Golden Eagle award.  It can also be viewed here.

Truth in advertising:  The film’s executive producer, Don Bundy, is a colleague and may be a distant cousin of mine [don’t ask!].


Shanta Devarajan

Teaching Professor of the Practice Chair, International Development Concentration, Georgetown University

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