The guerrilla forces fighting the Portuguese for control of Guinea Bissau have a reputation for their high level of organization.
GV Ext. School
LV & CU Children exercising (2 shots)
LV Int. Woman teacher with class of young men
CU Photograph of Amilcar Cabral on wall
SV Teacher asks pupil question, he rises to answer
CU Paige shoulder flash on his shirt
CU and LV Class
LV Ext. Very young children dancing
SV & CU three injured children watching dancers (5 shots)
LV & CU Young children enter classroom
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Background: The guerrilla forces fighting the Portuguese for control of Guinea Bissau have a reputation for their high level of organization. Visnews cameraman Louis Gimenez got a rage glimpse of this organization when has visited a school run for the children of the guerrilla fighters in neighbouring Guinea.
The school located in the country not far from Conakry is a pilot project. It was set up in 1964 by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands. The portrait of party leader Amilcar Cabral looks down on the schoolchildren.
About 170 children are taught at the school. Ages range from three to 16. All of them come from areas of Guinea Bissau which the guerrillas claim to have liberated. Fighting continues, however, and three of the children in this film bear wounds said to have been suffered during Portuguese attacks.
SYNOPSIS: A special school in Guinea, not far from the capital Conakry, caters exclusively for the children of guerrillas. All the children come from neighbouring Guinea Bissau, where their father are fighting the Portuguese for control of the country.
The portrait of Amilcar Cabral look down on the children. He's leader of the african Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands. It was the Party that set up the school as a pilot project seven years ago. They chose to establish it, well way from the fighting, in Guinea, where President Sekou Toure has long supported the insurgents in Bissau.
Today, the school is divided into two sections. There's kindergarten for seventy infants aged from three to nine, and an upper school accommodating a hundred children up to age of sixteen. They all speak Portuguese and most of their teachers were trained in Portugal.
All the children come from areas of Guinea Bissau which the guerrillas claim to have liberated. But the fighting continues, and some of the children bear wounds said to have been suffered during Portuguese attacks. They ave to sit out of the physical activities which form an important part of the schools curriculum.
The big problem at present is a shortage of books in Portuguese. But the mere fact that the school exists is a measure of the organization of the Guinea Bissau guerrillas.