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Global 3000 22.05.12 | 09:03 - 09:30 UTC

India: Learning to Read with Bollywood Karaoke

Social entrepreneur Brij Kothari has set up an innovative project to teach Indians how to read and write by simply singing film songs in front of the television.

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Topic Brij Kothari (Source: DW)

India: Learning to Read with Bollywood Karaoke

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The Worldwide Living Room: a Visit to Jim Lowry in Dublin, Ireland

Topic Natural Reserve in Mexico (Source: DW)

Natural Reserve in Mexico

Topic Fishermen of Limbe (Source: DW)

The Fishermen of Limbe

Social Entrepreneur Brij Kothari wants to use popular Bollywood films to spread literacy throughout India - by using subtitles to accompany the films' songs. The Sierra Madre Oriental is one of Mexico's most important forested areas. But climate change is threatening the region. Mexico's Commission on Protected Areas is redoubling efforts to protect the area.

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India: Learning to Read with Bollywood Karaoke

Social entrepreneur Brij Kothari has set up an innovative project to teach Indians how to read and write by simply singing film songs in front of the television.

Kothari's trick is to caption Indian film songs in the same language in which they are sung in an effort to appeal to the 300 million or so Indians who can't read or write. He's capitalizing on the huge popularity of film songs in his country and has set up a company that creates subtitles in various Indian languages.

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The Worldwide Living Room: a Visit to Jim Lowry in Dublin, Ireland

Jim Lowry lives with his wife Miriam on the edge of the city of Dublin. His favorite room has a beautiful view of the sea - and also contains a collection of trophies from his days as head coach of a rugby team.

Natural Reserve in Mexico

The Sierra Madre Oriental is one of Mexico's most diverse natural habitats. But climate change and unsustainable forestry practices are threatening the ecosystem. Parts of the mountain range have been under official protection for decades.

But that hasn't made much of a difference: the area is large and difficult to control, and it's impossible to stop people who live in the region from cultivating food crops. But Mexico's National Commission on Protected Natural Areas, helped by a German development organization, is bringing a new focus to the task of protecting biodiversity.

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The Fishermen of Limbe

Cameroon's coasts are suffering from overfishing. Foreign trawlers have depleted stocks to the point where there are few fish left. The city of Limbe in southwestern Cameroon has been hard hit - entire neighborhoods here live off the sea.

Raphael Ayuk is the director of a local NGO. He says that the local population also bears responsibility. To smoke their fish, they take wood from mangroves that serve as spawning grounds for the fish. Fewer trees equals fewer fish. But newly developed smoking ovens - which require only half the wood and half the time - could help tackle the problem.

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