“Ntsika: The Pillar tells the story of the education crisis in black schools in South Africa today. It tracks a year in a typical black school – typical except for the fact that a new principal has just arrived – a white woman in her fifties who has resigned as principal from a successful well-resourced school in the suburbs.
Kenya — North Eastern Province has the lowest rates of education and literacy in the country according to a demographic and health survey completed in 2009. Only 22% of women and 59% of men in the North eastern Province have received any education at all. Only one in five women in North Eastern Province can read compared to 85% at the national level. Still, there have been major strides forward since 2003 when only 7% of women and 29% of men had received any education.
Kenya — Yusuf Adow, a single orphan, transited from a mobile school in Bura district to the Najah boarding primary school in Garissa. At Hajah, learners go to both formal education and Quranic classes at the school, making it a preference for nomadic families. Yusuf came fourth out of forty class 2 learners in an examination assessment.
“Working with the Sun: A story of Light and Learning” — A short film documenting the installation and impact of solar power and a solar powered computer laboratory at the Zwelenqaba Senior Secondary School in the Mqanduli district in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for the Solar Electric Light Fund. Camera, sound and edit by Christine Nesbitt Hills, executive producer Paul Hills 2008-2009.
This branding sequence is an excerpt of “Iphulo lokuphulisa inyama ebomvu”, an agricultural development video documentary in isiXhosa for TTO and ComMark. Produced by Paul Hills, camera & sound by Christine Nesbitt & Paul Hills, edited by Christine Nesbitt 2005.