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A West African Story

Published: Jul 2020
30 mins


This programme looks at the work of the Carolyn A. Miller Elementary School in Ghana. Located in the Buduburam Liberian Refugee Camp, the school offers pupils education against a backdrop of war, brutality and poverty.

The school, founded by refugee Karrus Hayes, struggles with hungry pupils, unpaid staff, no electricity and resources, however has high ambitions for its pupils and a spirit that is as uplifting as it is humbling.

This everyday look at a refugee school shows scenes that are both familiar and remarkably different for teachers here in the UK.

Amongst the day-to-day business of meetings, PTAs, discipline discussions and lesson planning are a look at over-crowded classes, and a drama teacher who is only too aware that his pupils are the future leaders of Liberia.

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