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African School: Running for Your Life

African School: Running for Your Life

In this episode of African School, Mr. Ntairaho partakes in a survey of displaced children, while the orphan Opio strives to follow in the footsteps of his late father as a professional athlete.
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African School: Running for Your Life
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Mr. Ntairaho, Primary School Head, is taking part in a survey of displaced children in the Masindi district. The area is full of people who have fled the gruesome fighting further north, where the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) is taking on the Ugandan government and terrorizing the local population. Ordinary life, nonetheless, goes on. This moving film is also the story of Opio, an orphan who came to Masindi after his parents were killed by the LRA fighting. Opio is a skilled athlete whose father ran at national level; Opio is striving to run in his footsteps.

 

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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.

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