Early Life | Kibera Kids

Kibera is the biggest slum in sub Saharan Africa. Even before they go to school here, children must run the gauntlet of crazy and even violent streets. Scientists warn that too much stress can permanently change the architecture of young brains. But insufficient stimulation can also be a problem – scientists have discovered how important interaction is for child development. The adults of Kibera are working hard to offer kids safe and stimulating pre-schools, but pre-school brings dilemmas. Should it reflect traditional African social values, or the West’s more individualistic outlook? And what of the children receiving no stimulation at all?


Films in this series

Early Life | Kibera Kids

Explores the value of preschool education in the Kibera slum, and looks at ...
Early Life | My First Day at School

Follows three children as they prepare to start school in Thailand, and ask ...
Early Life | The Mayor’s Dream

Examines traditional parenting practices, and assesses the evidence for ear ...