Life - Educating Lucia

Twelve-year old Lucia's dream is to be able to graduate to secondary school, and stay there - to finish the 12th grade and go on to train as a pilot. Her older sister Barita wants to do computer studies. And Portia, the youngest in the family, wants to be a dressmaker.

But tragically for these three sisters from one of Zimbabwe's large scale commercial farms, in tobacco country 50 miles outside Harare, they're more likely to end up -- as their mothers before them -- with no formal education, working as seasonal laborers on the farm. The three sisters are AIDS orphans being brought up by their grandmother. She can only afford school fees for one girl, Lucia, to attend primary school.

Across Africa, the odds are dramatically against girls getting an education. And even if they do attend primary school, they're often withdrawn before they finish -- to work as unpaid laborers for their extended family, to be married off or to have children. Only one in four school age girls in Burkina Faso ever attends school.

Across the continent only 24 percent of girls actually complete primary school, compared to 65-70% for boys. As Harry Sawyer, Minister for Education in Ghana, wrote in a recent UNICEF report, the obstacles to girls' education are the same as those that undermine economic and social development everywhere 'but in the end, all the reasons add up to one: insufficient will.'

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Main credits

Metcalf, Charlotte (film director)
Brathen, Kirsten (film director)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Smith, Sean (film director)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Johnson, Hilde F. (narrator)
Henderson, Michael (narrator)
Dennis, Tabu (narrator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
Child Labor
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
Labor and Work Issues
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
Social Psychology
United Nations
Women's Studies


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