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Last month some pupils were filmed by the BBC as part of the corporation’s ‘School Report’ initiative, where schoolchildren nationwide are recorded reporting on the stories that matter to them. The BBC has already publicised those schools that took part in the initiative.The short film made by the BBC involving St John’s pupils is now available for viewing on the following webpage. The footage was recorded on Tuesday 25 February involving pupils belonging to the School’s history film making club:
Video Interviews about Rwanda: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/26648378
Text Story on Rwanda: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/26583445
As well as being filmed by the BBC, the purpose of the trip to London was to spend the day doing some investigative reporting. The group had planned to record interviews for a short documentary that they were making to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Their work had already started two weeks earlier, when they interviewed a survivor of the atrocities.
While they were visiting the BBC’s new Broadcasting House, the pupils interviewed the Radio 4 presenter Roger Hearing about his experiences as a journalist in Rwanda in 1994.
The group then moved to Westminster to speak to Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, former First Minister of Scotland, and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the African Great Lakes Region. They asked Lord McConnell about the lessons that the world had learned from what happened in Rwanda and found out about the work that the life peer does to help support the African country.
Next stop was the Houses of Parliament, where the pupils filmed a meeting with the Right Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development. After discussing the importance of pupils’ learning in schools about the Rwandan genocide, the group was treated to an impromptu tour of the House of Commons by Justine.
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