CAR / EDUCATION CRISIS

09-Sep-2019 00:02:10
The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing one of the largest education crises in Africa. With UNHCR’s help young refugee Gothier Semi is finally back in school, but the lack of funding still puts many out of school. UNHCR
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STORY: CAR / EDUCATION CRISIS
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 – 23 MAY 2019, MONGOUMBA, LOBAYE DISTRICT, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
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21 – 23 MAY 2019, MONGOUMBA, LOBAYE DISTRICT, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

1.Drone shot, River Ubangi seen from the village Mongoumba
2.Wide shot, Prince and Gothier aboard their pirogue paddling in the River Ubangi
3.Drone shot, the cousins on their pirogue in the River Ubangi
4.Wide shot, Prince-Bonheur aboard his pirogue paddling in the River Ubangi
5.Drone shot, Mongoumba village
6. Tracking shot, Gothier walking through his village Mongoumba on his way to school
7. Various shots, Gothier in class
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Gothier Semi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“Education is the key to life. Without an education I can’t live in peace.”
9. Drone shot, River Ubangi
10.Wide shot, Prince standing aboard his pirogue
11.Wide shot, Prince and Gothier fishing in river Ubangi
12. SOUUNDBITE (French) Gothier Semi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“Losing five years of schooling has taken me so many steps back.”
13. Tracking shot, Principal David walking in the courtyard of the school
14. SOUNDBITE (French) David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“Children were forced to flee. Leave their studies, run to the bush, run to wherever they could.
15.Tracking shot, Gothier in class during one of his lessons
16.SOUNDBITE (French) David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“And they’ve lost years. Years at home, years in the bush, years in exile without being able to study.”
17. Close up, student writing in book
18. Various shots, Principal David writing on the chalkboard
19. SOUNDBITE (French) Principal David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“A country in which children aren’t able to go to school is a country that’s dead. So we are preparing the future of tomorrow.”
20.Various shots, students in class

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21. Various shots, protests in the streets of Bangui, CAR
22. Wide shot, IDP site in Bangui, CAR
STORYLINE
The Central African Republic (CAR) is facing one of the largest education crises in Africa. With UNHCR’s help young refugee Gothier Semi is finally back in school, but the lack of funding still puts many out of school.

Cousins Prince-Bonheur and Gothier fled their home in the Central African Republic in 2013 to escape the civil war. While in exile in the two Congos, like most teenagers they had no school to go to. Thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced. While in exile in the two Congos, like most teenagers the cousins had no school to go to.

SOUNDBITE (French) Gothier Semi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“Education is the key to life. Without an education I can’t live in peace.”

SOUUNDBITE (French) Gothier Semi, Central African Republic Refugee:
“Losing five years of schooling has taken me so many steps back.”

SOUNDBITE (French) David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“Children were forced to flee. Leave their studies, run to the bush, run to wherever they could.

SOUNDBITE (French) David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“And they’ve lost years. Years at home, years in the bush, years in exile without being able to study.”

But, since late 2016 peace has gradually started to return to parts of the country and people have started to come home.

SOUNDBITE (French) Principal David Yakouma, CAR High School Principal:
“A country in which children aren’t able to go to school is a country that’s dead. So we are preparing the future of tomorrow.”

Last year, with UNHCR’s help Gothier was repatriated and is finally back in school. But, lack of funding means there are thousands who are still waiting across the river hoping to return. His cousin Prince remains in exile, longing for the chance to learn.
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