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Early Life | My First Day at School

Three children face their first day at school – but are their lives already set on different courses? Scientists suggest that how the brain develops in the first years of life may affect kids’ ability to prosper at school. Our film follows three children as they prepare to enter primary school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Their dilemmas reflect those of Thailand as a whole: how can a country with its own traditions of childhood prepare its kids for the new globalized society? In extreme cases brain chemistry is disrupted irreparably by a poor start in life. So what’s the best way of making sure all children have a decent chance on their first day at school?

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Films in this series

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Early Life | My First Day at School

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