INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, efforts to rebuild the economy are continuing, seventeen months after independence.
GV PAN President Banana inspecting school building with Danish workers (2 shots)
LV PAN Building work in progress.
GV Work continuing (3 shots)
SV Banana listening to Danish worker
GV & SV Work carried out watched by President Banana (2 shots)
GV Crops being inspected (3 shots)
GV PAN Rally at school
SV President Banana speaking
GV Audience applauding
GV Banana introduced to workers
SV Project director John Frost speaking
MR. JOHN FROST (SEQ. 11): "First of all, we have been supporting the patriotic Front during the war. We were helping by sending clothes, medical equipment and other humanitarian aid to the refugee camps. So when Zimbabwe received its independence, the Minister of Education asked us to come here and join hands and start a school building project, because he knew that from Denmark, we had experiences in experiment schools which were half-time practical, half-time theoretical, so therefore he asked us to come and start this project."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, efforts to rebuild the economy are continuing, seventeen months after independence. In a rural area about 60 kilometres north-east of Salisbury, a new experiment in self-sufficiency is nearing completion, with the help of a Scandinavian charitable organisation.
SYNOPSIS: The new scheme has already attracted the interest of Zimbabwe's head of state, President Canaan Banana. He visited the centre on Thursday (17 September). Next month, the complex will be officially opened by Prime Minister Robert Mugabe.
The aim of the Chindunduma centre is to provide both education and regular food supplies for the young Zimbabweans who will live there. It was built with the aid of the Danish-registered charity,"Aid from People to People".
The centre was built on two formerly white-owned farms. Classrooms, dormitories and other buildings now surround the old farms, and house 2,500 pupils. They spend half their time in the classroom, half in the fields. The aim is to develop a system of self reliance and communal living. The whole scheme was named "Chindunduma" which means self-reliance in the Shona language.
President Banana praised the scheme.
He said Zimbabwe's Education Ministry would give as much aid as it could to the project. But he warned that the ministry already faced demands from elsewhere which stretched its resources. The President was warmly applauded by the crowd.
The purposes of the experiment were explained by the project director, John Frost.