Elephant in Lesotho in our video
Malealea video diary
by Charlotte Brodigan and BBC Look North
Pupils from two South Yorkshire schools travelled to Malealea in the summer of 2005. See the video they made for Look North in one of the poorest areas of South Africa as they took sustainable ecological developments to the village.
African children run towards the camera
This diary was part of the Africa Lives Season in 2005
Before the summer of 2005, some pupils from Royston School in Barnsley and The City School in Sheffield thought that poverty might be not being able to afford a mobile phone.
Their world view was dramatically expanded when the students took part in a development expedition to the village of Malealea in Lesotho, a small, mountainous country landlocked by South Africa.
The plan was to bring sustainable power, plant trees to halt soil erosion, and carry out engineering work which would provide wells and reservoirs for one of the poorest areas in the region.
Teenagers at school in Malealea
But the 31 students and their pioneering teacher Ken Dunn also wanted to show South Yorkshire what life is like in such a different society. So we at the BBC helped them out with some communications links to send us regular diaries during their time in Africa - you can read the diaries by following the links on the right.
BBC Look North also lent the group a video camera and gave them some basic training so that the teenagers could make a short film of the experience through their own eyes. The video piece, which is narrated by teenager Charlotte Brodigan has been shown across Yorkshire on BBC Look North.
To watch the video online, follow the link below. You will need RealPlayer.
last updated: 22/05/2008 at 12:03