Your World is a series of short films for the BBC comparing the lives of children from different cities in the UK to the lives of 7 children in non-European countries, including Papua New Guinea, Japan and Iqaluit CA. Each film gives a fun and revealing insight into the cultural and social differences between both the UK cities and overseas locations through these children’s lives. Aimed at KS1 children the clips can be used to teach children how our environment influences the way we live, as well as show them that they share the interests and needs of children across the world.

Executive producer: Andy Glynne
Producer: Molly Bond

YOUR WORLD | MOSSLEY & TOWNSVILLE

Talia, 9, from Mossley tells us what it’s like to live in a town that experiences all weather types but where the weather is generally quite mild. She explains that what she likes to do depends on what it’s like outside: playing the piano when it rains and having snowball fights when it snows. In contrast, Khynaan, 9, from Townsville, Australia, goes to the beach on Christmas day and wears sunscreen all year round. During cyclone season, his family takes various precautions, taping up the windows and staying inside. Talia’s family also have to take weather related precautions, using pots and pan to catch the water coming through a leaky roof. As well as the weather, we learn what it’s like to live in a hilly area, their aspirations, their hobbies, the food that they eat, the wildlife they encounter and why, for very different reasons, they both want to stay living in the same place when they’re older. Together they illustrate the cultural and geographical differences and similarities of these two distinct places.

 

YOUR WORLD | Cardiff and Port Moresby

Judah, 10, from Cardiff and Reenie, 9, from Port Moresby tells us about their lives in these two coastal capitals. Both describe how they enjoy the balance of the two environments, the city and the sea, and how they make the most of the two settings so close to them. We learn how they each incorporate the waterfront in their daily or weekly routine, to swim, eat ice cream, walk the dog, playing and fossil hunting. Judah and Reenie illustrate a fondness and a strong sense of identity within capital cities of small but proud nations that are situated within the enclave of larger, more famous nations. Judah attends a Welsh-speaking school. Reenie sings the national anthem every morning with her classmates. They talk about the challenge of speaking multiple languages and switching between languages. Together these two childrens’ lives illustrate the cultural and geographical similarities and differences of two distinct places.

 

Your World | Birmingham and Johannesburg

Sulaiman and Nwabisa tell us about their lives on the outskirts of huge, sprawling cities: Birmingham and Johannesburg. They explore what it is like to live within a developed city but outside the hustle and bustle of a metropolis' centre. They show us the advantages of living in a quieter part of the city, with less traffic and a greater sense of community. Both feel that they have more freedom living in the suburbs, but do also enjoy having access to the centre, which is both more hectic and exciting. Sulaiman takes us to the local mosque he visits daily with his dad and brothers. Nwabisa takes us to her church on Sunday where she sings with many other people in the community. Together the two children’s lives highlight the cultural and geographical similarities and differences of two distinct places.

 

Your World | Shetland & Iqaluit

Kayla-Marie, 10, is from Shetland; it takes a plane or twelve-and-a-half-hour ferry to get from Shetland to the Scottish mainland. Christina lives on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, on a very large island in northern Canada, in a city called Iqaluit. Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The name Iqaluit translates as ‘the place of many fish’ and fishing is a big industry here. The weather is extremely different to the weather in Shetland, for eight months of the year the average temperature is below freezing. Both Christina and Kayla enjoy the outdoors life, fishing and playing in the hills surrounding their houses. Both children enjoy a sense of freedom; they love to explore the vast unpopulated landscape that surrounds them. Community is also very important in these remote places, both Kayla and Christina have several generations of family within walking distance of their homes.