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Script to introduce the film

This film follows young people in Mount Elgon in Kenya who run to school.

In the region is it compulsory to wear a school uniform but the students don't have to start wearing shoes until they go to secondary school.

Many of the children have to travel distances as long as 15 kilometres to get to school.

The roads are made of earth and rock and during the rainy season they turn into giant, muddy slides which can make getting to schools tricky and dangerous.

All of this running, however, has led to some children growing up to become successful long distance runners.

Linet Masai and her brother Moses who attended Bishop Okring Secondary in the foothills of Mount Elgon, for example, have gone on to become successful athletes.

Children in Kenya have long journeys in barefeet to get to school

Show the film and use the discussion prompts afterwards

How would you feel if you had to run 5 kilometres to school?

What difficulties do you think these children might face on the school journey?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the students having to run to school?

High Altitude

  • Areas at high altitude mean that there's less oxygen in the air
  • It is harder to breathe and run in these areas
  • Training in these conditions makes you extra resilient
  • This extra resilience would give you an advantage when racing others at low altitude

Isabel mentions that she would like to become a journalist, how do you think this will help her to change the conditions of the roads?

Do you think better roads would improve students' quality of life? If so, why?

Why do you think so many students in the area go on to become successful athletes?

Dixon mentions that he has never worn shoes in his life. How would you feel if you were in his position?

How do you get to school - have you faced any difficulties?

Do you think more children should be encouraged to walk to school?

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