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Our Africa: The school report!

BBC News School Report reminded us of Our Africa – when we gave African children the chance to film their lives
BBC News School Report reminded us of Our Africa – when we gave African children the chance to film their lives

On 19th March, school students from around the country will turn news reporters for the BBC News School Report. Here at SOS Children, School Report reminded us of the “Our Africa” film project – which gave African children the chance to capture life from their perspective.

We've brought together a selection of our favourite videos from the Our Africa site. So kids – if you're thinking of entering the BBC News School Report, we hope it'll get your creative juices flowing!

Celebrations in Ethiopia

The Christian Meskel festival is a very important part of the Ethiopian religious calendar. It is a time when friends and family get together, light a big bonfire – and begin the festivities. In this vide, 17-year-old Addisu and 18-year-old Habtam were lucky enough to participate in one of the country's biggest parties – the Meskel festival in Addis Abeba.

Commemorating the Rwandan genocide

Children growing up in Rwanda today are too young to remember the terrible genocide of 1994, and it is up to the older generation to make sure they never forget. Euphraise, Alain, Sylvine, Sonia and Serge visit the Genocide Memorial Centre in the capital Kigali to learn about the events of those fateful 100 days.

Gorillas in Cameroon

The amazing Western gorillas are found in just six African countries – Cameroon being one of them. Elodie and Louis-Marie travel to the sanctuary in Mbalmayo to meet some very special individuals! In this video, they meet Bobo – who is not quite as impressed by Elodie and Louis-Marie as they are by him...

Learn more about Our Africa

Our Africa is an educational project designed to show you what Africa looks like to the children growing up there. We visited some of our Children's Villages across the continent and gave portable “flip-cams” to the budding young film-makers living there. They went out into their communities to capture life as they know it – and Our Africa was the result!

Learn more in the video below, or visit the site now.

Visit the Our Africa website now...