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‘Our Africa’ on prime time TV

Adeline at Lime Hurst High School, Loughborough
Adeline at Lime Hurst High School, Loughborough

The popular children’s BBC news programme, Newsround, recently aired an episode featuring SOS Children's project ‘Our Africa’.

Presenter Nel talked to a Year Seven Humanities class at Lime Hurst high school in Loughborough about our website project, which lets children across Africa film their lives and their countries the way they see them. The High School pupils had spent the past two weeks using the ‘Our Africa’ site, learning all about Ivory Coast and chief reporter Adeline, who is now currently studying at Loughborough College.

Newsround filmed the class of Year Sevens during their lesson and asked the students what they thought about the website and the lives of the children living thousands of miles away from them, with very different backgrounds and cultures.  The children were particularly excited that they got to meet Adeline. Having spent two weeks finding out all about her, they had a lot of questions they wanted to ask, all about what life is like in Ivory Coast.

Newsround were also keen to find out about Adeline’s remarkable achievements. Adeline is the Ivory Coast’s cadet record holder for the 100-metres, 200-metres and 400-metres. She is also the cadet pan-African champion in the 400-metres. Her talents have led her to the UK with the help of SOS Children where she is now studying sports development (sports science and physical education) at Loughborough College. As an Ivorian athletics champion, she has just been selected by her country for trials to run in the London Olympics.

After the school visit, Newsround presenter Nel and Andy the cameraman accompanied Adeline to The High Performance Centre at Loughborough University, where she trains, to film her on the track and see how fast she really was. They were a little taken a back once Adeline flew past them.

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