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Better Angels with Sarah Brown

Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit.
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Now displaying: September, 2020

Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit. 

 

Credits: 

Executive Producer:Ben Hewitt & Lolita Laguna

Editor: Lolita Laguna

Music: Pete Lyons

Photo: Brian Aris

Studio: People's Postcode Lottery studio in Edinburgh

Sep 29, 2020

Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, talks to Sarah Brown about how businesses can take positive action to address some of the world's biggest challenges.

Talking about climate change, she says that businesses have a choice: they can grow in a "GDP-led way" or follow "a green model of growth".

"If [these decisions] are made correctly, we can avert what looks like a very bleak future in terms of climate," she says.

She says that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented businesses and the United Nations with “a point of reflection” and an opportunity to reevaluate their priorities.

Sep 27, 2020

Danielle Green, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from the United Kingdom, speaks to Sarah Brown about the importance of children receiving a good quality education.

Danielle says: “It really matters that children have not just an education or appear in an educational space, but that what they're being taught is really, really relevant and important.”

She tells Sarah that a good quality education helps children “take charge of their own destiny.”

Sep 25, 2020

Palak Sharma, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from India, talks to Sarah Brown about the challenges facing the education system in her country.

She says that if the country is serious about advancing education for children, they must address issues around sanitation at the same time. 

“The important task right now is to ensure that these two goals of education and sanitisation start working together in collaboration," she says.

Sep 23, 2020

Marianne Bitar Karam, Country Director at DOT Lebanon, a non-governmental organisation, speaks to Sarah Brown about the challenges facing children in her country during Covid-19.

She says that the digital divide in Lebanon meant that many children were excluded from education because they were unable to access online learning materials during the pandemic.

She also says that children in Lebanon were missing out on important lessons in social cohesion.

"We've lost something important," she says. "School or the formal education setting was a reason for students and adults to come together and to accept each other, to listen to each other, to create connectors between refugees."

Asked what motivates her, Marianne said it is her passion for her job, country and people that drives her to do what she does.

Sep 19, 2020

Obakeng Leseyane, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador, talks to Sarah Brown about the transformational impact of education on others.

He says that educating even just one child has a "ripple effect" on their community. 

Growing up in Rustenburg, South Africa, Obakeng was told that the only way to be successful was to become a platinum miner.

He changed his fortune after receiving the highest educational scholarship in South Africa, something his family could have never dreamed of. 

He now works in his community to help other children access education opportunities.

Sep 17, 2020

Theo Sowa, CEO, The African Women's Development Fund, talks to Sarah Brown about the rampant inequalities around the world which are depriving children of a better future.  

She says that in the current situation, children who have benefited the most are those "who are wealthier and who are in economically secure situations."

To help the most marginalised children across the globe, she says it is time to get  "radical about our inclusiveness.”

 Theo says that good quality education for all children should be seen as just as important as basic needs like food, sanitation and shelter.

Sep 15, 2020

Annemiek Hoogenboom, Country Director, People's Postcode Lottery, tells Sarah Brown that "radical goals, patience and execution" are the building blocks for change.

She also says that luck has a big part to play. She says: "When we admit that a big part of our success is pure luck, it makes us want to help other people more.“

Annemiek also touches on her mission to improve the plight of girls by advocating for their education. 

Sep 13, 2020

Sarah Brown talks to Emanuel "Boo Milton", about his work as a community organiser and youth advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

When Covid-19 struck, Boo created activity packs - called Spark Boxes - for children to ensure that they were able to continue their learning during the pandemic.  

Talking about the power of learning, he says: "Education unlocks that special light that is inside all of us. I feel like all of us have a greatness that lies within us and education helps us articulate that.”

Sep 11, 2020

Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, talks to Sarah Brown about the importance in developing countries of providing parents with incentives to send their children to school. 

He says that health and sanitation programs which ensure children are fed and kept clean in the classroom help to persuade parents of the benefits of sending their children to school.

Al Gurg said that instead of going to school girls in poorer countries are often made to stay at home to help with the domestic responsibilities while boys are sent to work to earn money for their families.

He also argued that without quality education some of the greatest problems facing humanity, like COVID-19, will never be resolved.

Sep 9, 2020

John Goodwin, CEO of The LEGO Foundation, talks to Sarah Brown about the need to “redefine” play and “reimagine” learning. 

He argues that play is often overlooked by society when in fact it helps children to develop important skills for adult life, such as critical thinking and problem solving.

“Play is the way that children are naturally wired to learn and by subjugating it to the end of line means that children are really inhibited from having the opportunity to get the maximum learning opportunity,” he says.

John also talks about the important role that education played in his own life, particularly teachers, who helped him to develop self-belief, confidence and resilience.

Sep 7, 2020
Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, speaks with Sarah Brown about the need for young people to vote - and to vote well - if they want to make a difference to people’s lives. 
 
In the inaugural episode of this Better Angels podcast series, he argues that voting  is “the most basic and fundamental form of engagement” in democratic countries.

 

He also discusses the education crisis facing millions of child refugees around the world - a crisis which has been exacerbated by Covid-19. 

 

Calling for greater investment in the education of young refugees, he says that  “education is as important for refugees as it is for anyone”.
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