This is Matt writing again now – along with Jon and Murray I’ll be keeping the blog up to date with most of the written content in the coming weeks and months.
Since May 2006, when Creative Partnerships Hull funded Cafesociety.org to begin the Digital Citizens programme in Hull and Freetown, we’ve seen our work grow and grow – and our lives have changed as enormously as a result. It’s been fantastic to have been involved, to have learned so much about Sierra Leone – a remarkable country – and to have met so many wonderful people in both Hull and Freetown.
We’ll be back in Freetown from March 12 – 26, showcasing the films we’ve made with young people in both cities, working with more young Salonians to help them develop the skills to tell the world about their lives, and also developing some lasting links between six schools in Hull and six schools in Freetown.
Many thanks to Creative Partnerships Hull for supporting this work, but also to the British Council in Freetown and the Hull-based Freetown Society for their invaluable advice and funding and Sony Vaio Nation for top technology.
Most importantly, respect is due to the young people who have so wholeheartedly and inspiringly entered into the spirit of the work: at the Freetown end thanks go to Franklyn Koroma, Lansana Mansaray (Barmmy Boy) and Mohamed Sidibay; at the Hull end, thanks to the staff and pupils at Sutton Park Primary, Kelvin Hall, St Mary’s College, Winifred Holtby and Kingswood – well done, you’ve all help change the world.
Finally (there’ll be more soon…) a special round of applause for Mr Lance Boanas of Winifred Holtby School – your help has made this possible and we’ll be thinking of you.