Sunday, September 2, 2012

Worlds Together Ethiopia

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I believe that teaching children at a young age about other nationalities and cultures is a key step in decreasing prejudices and with our multicultural world--this is vitally important. Master Communications has created a new DVD series, Worlds Together, has made introducing even remote areas of the world even easier.  The first three titles from this new line of DVDs takes children and their families to the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent, Africa, including--East Africa, West Africa and Ethiopia.
Here is the synopsis of the Worlds Together series and each of these DVDs from the press release I received:

The Worlds Together series, originating out of the travels of photographer/songwriter Elmer Hawkes, visits some of the most remote places on Earth, examining topics ranging from history and culture to sports and cuisine and giving viewers an up close and personal introduction to cultures quite different from their own.  Learn about the various climates, languages, religions, wildlife, architecture, agriculture, ethnicities and more.
 East Africa features Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi (“the place of cold water”); Mombasa; Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam, an Islamic city with a busy seaport known as “Haven of Peace;” Zanzibar, a city where boats and global trade play an important role; and Uganda’s Kampala, a very modern city and home to one of Africa’s largest universities. Also visited is Uganda’s Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
 Next, in West Africa, visit Mali, a land of fishing and farming, and its cities of Timbuktu and Bamako; Nigeria, a federal constitutional republic that boasts over 250 different ethnic groups alone; and Senegal, considered a gateway to the African continent and one of West Africa’s most popular destinations.  See the Cape Verde Islands, which served as a base for the Portuguese as they rounded Africa over five hundred years ago, and be introduced to life along the Niger River, the 10th largest river in the world, as it flows 2,600 miles to the sea.  Take in this amazing region of lively music, culture, business and rapidly changing lifestyles!
 Then, in Ethiopia, travel to this country – twice the size of Texas – that is believed to have the longest archaeological record on Earth and to have been present at the dawn of creation.  It’s also been linked to the mysterious Queen of Sheba.  With many areas lush and green, the region has also suffered many droughts, but the economy is still dominated by agriculture.  Featured cities include Harar, Addis Ababa, Gonder and Lalibela, the last featuring 800-year-old Christian churches, some carved into volcanic rock.

I was given the chance to view Worlds Together: Ethiopia with my 5 year old son. I found that this DVD was really suited for all ages--the very youngest would enjoy the vivid pictures and sounds, while adults will appreciate the pictures as well as the information they gain from the film.  I believe these DVDs would make an excellent addition to school (and public) libraries as well as being a wonderful teaching tool (there is a teacher's guide available for download for each DVD) for teaching children about other cultures and areas of the world, each film lasts only about 25 minutes, so it is perfect for adding to classroom time. 

Future countries being explored in Worlds Together include: Cuba; Tibet; Ecuador and Colombia.  One thing that I have noticed with these films is that they are covering areas where I am finding more and more children are adopted from--so they would make a great asset to those families as well.  

I think Master Communications has done an excellent job in creating a fun and entertaining way to educate people--young and old--about different areas and cultures, opening them to awareness and understanding and reducing prejudices!  Global knowledge is a key to success in today's world.

 Thank you to Andrea Blain PR for my sample used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.

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