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The Great Ones Pre-School in northern Zambia is no ordinary pre-school. Not only does it educate vulnerable children who may otherwise not have a chance to learn, it's also run by young women from a similar background who have seized the opportunity to improve their communities.

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Produced by Helen Cotton, Camfed.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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Mpika, northern Zambia
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To help young women from backgrounds of rural poverty become leaders of change, Camfed provides them with training and funds to start their own ventures.
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This is the story of a group of women who chose to launch a venture that would improve the lives of vulnerable children in their community.
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The Great Ones Pre-School
ESNART [Marketing Director, Great Ones Pre-School]
Our social enterprise is opening up a pre-school for vulnerable children, and our objectives are to teach 30 to 60 children in the first term. And, when we teach them, we aim at letting them know why basic education is important.
ESNART
What's a pre-school?
GIRL [Student]
A pre-school is a place where children are taken to be taught how to read, how to write, how to count numbers, how to be disciplined.
CHILDREN
Well done, well done. Such a good girl.
NAOMI [Secretary, Great Ones Pre-school]
There are 11 members in the group.
ESNART
I'm the Marketing Director.
NAOMI
She's the Marketing Director, and I'm the school's Secretary.
NAOMI
And there are also subject coordinators who are in charge of certain subjects. Like in mathematics, there's Joyce. English, there's Cecilia. She's the coordinator. Child rights and responsibilities, there's Jetty, and in science there is Florence.

Segment 2

NAOMI
Pre-schools, which are here, they are private, and they are very expensive. But us here, we provide them with books, pencils, crayons, and uniforms, and then they should just pay a certain amount. Maybe, if that parent doesn't afford to bring money, and then that parent is a farmer or something like that, they can bring anything in terms of crops like maize, millet, cassava, or groundnuts.
ESNART
And it's not always that all the children pay. It's not everyone who pays. We don't chase those children who don't pay. We allow them to learn because we are giving them an opportunity to shape up their future. The children that we've enrolled here mainly are from vulnerable backgrounds, backgrounds where we find that their parents are dead, we find that they don't have all that much to sustain themselves. That's why, if this pre-school didn't exist, these children would just be roaming around.
NAOMI
We hope to have our own premises for our pre-school so we don't need to rent. We also hope to see many more children learn new things every day.
ESNART
We want our pre-school to be a child-friendly environment, with swings, seesaws, balls, enough crayons, everything that is sufficient for every child.
NAOMI
What are these?
CHILDREN
Months!
NAOMI
What are these?
CHILDREN
Months!
NAOMI
How many months are in a year?
CHILDREN
There are 12 months in a year!
NAOMI
I didn't know I could run a pre-school for vulnerable children, helping vulnerable children, and maybe in the future I could do more than we are doing to develop my country and maybe develop my community. A lot of people say that, if you are poor, there is nothing you can do in the future. What I have learned is that, even if you are poor, you can do something in your life. At least in the future, you can learn, and you can become somebody one day.
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The Great Ones Pre-school is currently educating 52 vulnerable children.
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The young women featured participated in a business, social entrepreneurship, and leadership training program delivered by Camfed with support from the University of Cambridge and 10,000 Women.
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Camfed supports the education of girls and young women's empowerment in Africa. For more information about Camfed, please visit www.camfed.org