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"I think the film project has been a tremendous success. I've watched the kids grow in confidence, grow in self esteem - and develop a sense of humour!"

Eddie Mahoney - Lead teacher Alternative Curriculum at Sneyd Community School reflects on Dark Water

"We have made a film and this film is really a film that will educate a number of people and will make people know how education standards are in Malawi, and how teachers, children and the community are co-operating in the school activities. This is a very good film that one has to watch" - Henry Joseph NG'ombe, teacher/participant.


For this new project we were based in Blantyre in southern Malawi. It piloted the effective use of participatory video (PV) with teachers who have recently graduated from an innovative teacher preparation programme in Malawi. The project was developed to facilitate teacher voice and to provide teachers with the tools to expand life-opportunities for themselves, their students and their communities.

We are delighted to be building on our long-standing relationship with Dr Chris High and the Open University. See the project blog.


The pilot provided opportunities to explore mobile, low-cost kit (e.g. smartphones and tablets) and how they could be used more effectively, more pragmatically and more inclusively in low-income countries. The scaling up of this element constitutes a distinct work package in the ESRC/DFID proposal as part of a larger bid.

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"This film will help a lot, both the learners, teachers and the community - they'll be looking at this film forever." Michaeil Nyando, head-teacher/participant





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