African School: Fred Gets to Z

African School: Fred Gets to Z

When Kamurasi Primary school accepts its first blind student, the staff is determined to create the best 'Special Needs Integrated' school in their district.
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African School: Fred Gets to Z
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This touching and revealing film follows Fred, the first-ever blind student at Kamurasi Primary school, where the staff is determined to create the best 'Special Needs Integrated' school in their district. Fred is blind, and spends his first term learning the Braille alphabet from A to Z with his friend Miungo. Alongside Fred's hard-earned progress, we get to know his remarkable teacher, Harriet, and the headmaster, Mr. Ntairaho, who is determined to support Special Needs despite constant demands on the school's limited resources.


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About African School:


This lively series from BBC FOUR captures the daily lives, concerns and personalities of young Africans and their teachers in the Ugandan town of Masindi.

African School features two of the town’s schools – Kamurasi Demonstration School (a primary school) led by the resourceful and positive Mr Byoona, and Masindi Secondary School (known as “Massesco”) under the leadership of Mrs. Mukasa (the second youngest female head in the country).

The programs are stories of celebration and challenge that will rekindle memories of school years: teenage romance, exam pressure, football tournaments, special needs teaching, prefect elections, religion and sex education.

But in Masindi, school life is played out against the challenging issues faced by Uganda. Local HIV rates run at 7% and the conflict in northern Uganda has forced people to flee into Masindi district.

Poverty is a part of daily life for many of the pupils, yet the appetite for life is undiminished. There is a thirst for school, where the chance of education and the opportunities it offers can transform one’s life (some children who cannot afford senior school fees even break in to get to classes).

Coupled with the extraordinary enthusiasm and openness of the pupils and teachers, the series gives an entertaining, refreshing and up-lifting insight into understanding what life is really like in Africa today.

African School: Fred Gets to Z
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