:: Synopsis – The FREETOWN programme – ‘land that we love’

Land That We Love

About the programme:

Following visits to Sierra Leone during 2006/7, Cafesociety.org have developed strong links with young people in the capital city Freetown. These young people have helped us to produce a large number of short films, articles and other resources focussing on the harsh and also inspiring reality of life in Sierra Leone.

film shoot at the National Stadium

film shoot at the National Stadium

See the films, hear the stories, discuss the issues. How do you feel about what you’ve seen? How does it make you feel about your own life? Now develop a response – learn the skills to develop your ideas, make films, write articles and create a blog telling young people in Freetown all about your own lives.

Working with the Global Schools Partnership and our own contacts in Sierra Leone, cafesociety can also help your school to develop a partner relationship with a school in Freetown.

Map of Sierra Leone


African/international issues; basic foreign policy, history and politics. Identity, race, community. human rights. film, photography, journalism, online communication.

Curriculum: citizenship, geography, history, literacy, IT, media

This programme was developed by Cafesociety.org in partnership with, and supported by, Creative Partnership Hull , Arts Council England and the British Council.

Making films for partner schools in Hull

Making films for partner schools in Hull

The CAMPAIGNERS programme – ‘change the world’

About the programme: Inspired by the work of William Wilberforce, this one’s close to the heart of cafesociety.org and it’s all about active citizenship. Use your voice to change the world. Don’t just sit on your bum complaining – do something about it!

Learn about some famous historical campaigns – the abolition of the slave trade, the suffragettes, the American civil rights movement, the campaign to ban fox-hunting. Think about and discuss changes you’d like to make in your own world. Learn about modern campaigning methods – posters, letters, badges, TV, online, T-shirts, protest songs, graffiti. Plan your campaign.

Learn the skills to make it happen.

Content: Develop a real school campaign. Talk to local politicians, learn about the democratic system. Make the media work for you. History and methods of campaigning. Film, photography, journalism, online communication.

Curriculum: citizenship, history, literacy, IT, media. This programme would be particularly suitable for school councils.

This programme was developed in partnership with Hull Museums, MLA Yorkshire

and the British Library.

The VOICE programme – for schools or in the wider community

About the programme: Quite simply, this programme is about helping people, young or older, to develop skills to express themselves. The programme can be tailored to be used as a consultancy tool – maybe you’d like to hear how young people feel about school issues, how people feel about their community, how they feel about all kinds of things which affect their lives. If so, then the VOICE programme provides a fun learning experience and some new ways for people to get their views heard.

Films, photography and written work as stimulus. Discussion. How do you feel about particular issues. Learning new methods of communication through, film, photography and writing.

Content: digital photography, journalism, film-making

Curriculum: citizenship, literacy, media, IT, pupil voice

The MEDIA programme – for schools or in the wider community

About the programme: Training in the basics of journalism, film-making, digital photography, web communication, campaigning and marketing. A range of workshops make this flexible programme suitable for short events.

This programme can be tailored to meet your specific requirements. Ideal as a refresher or introduction to digital communication for teachers or other professionals who simply want to brush-up their skills.

A great way for schools to bring a fresh, creative approach to reporting, recording or discussion in any curriculum area.

Learn the skills from us the do-it-yourself next time!

Content: digital photography, journalism, film-making, production and planning

Curriculum: any – but always incorporating IT, media, literacy