After teaching a unit on financial math and mortgage financing, I show this video. It helps put money matters into a different perspective for students.
Culver City, CA
I loved this video. The resources for teacher instruction was greatly appreciated. My students found it intriguing and were happy to learn about other cultures. From a math perspective, it solicited a lot of good discussion about number sense and credit options. The video was just perfect in length also. Thank-you!
This video generated lots of discussion on poverty and how to solve it. Students were intrigued that such a simple idea could generate so much success.
It took a difficult concept for middle schoolers (economics, credit) and put a human face on it so they could understand. It also brought them some perspective about other areas of the world and how, with ingenuity, a very small amount of money can turn lives around.
Pennies a Day inspired my students to start a microlending club!
Roslyn Heights, NY
My students remarked that the movie inspired them to want to help others.
Lake Charles, LA
This is an excellent tool for teaching about conditions in many parts of the world, Bangladesh is just an example. Also about attitudes and cultural norms with regard to a number of topics - politics, economics, business, gender,and age. This is a very rich informative short film.
I have had several students come talk to me to tell me about the impact this video had on them. A few asked their parents to donate to a microlending organization, a few did some fundraising, and one of them wanted to know if the students could form their own microlending organization. The class discussions at the conclusion of each showing were the best we had all year. I will be using this DVD for a long time!
San Antonio, TX