Savannah Cinema

Marquee 3The Savannah Cinema will be in the village of Talek, Naroq.  We aim to raise funds in 2014/15 for a large marquee to accommodate teaching groups during the day time and a cinema in the evenings. By 2017 the local people aim to build more permanent accommodation for the cinema, so that it may serve the community  and its education programme long into the future, in both dry and rainy seasons.

In 2015 we will need:

  • A large Marquee
  • A projector and white board or white screen
  • An ICT specialist to support local technicians
  • A generator; this will be provided by the Talek community
  • A collection of DVDs for entertainment
  • A collection of DVDs to support teaching English and mathematics
  • A collection of DVDs related to the 5 identified economic development areas
  • With luck, we may have internet access – we will work on this.

Each UK Volunteer College will be asked to make a collection of  DVDs that students no longer need. These do not have to be new or recent. Racist, sexist or homophobic content is not acceptable and all must be faith-neutral. We aim to provide a library of over 200 DVDs for entertainment and education during and after the Savannah School in 2015.  

Many Masai have never visited a cinema. The DVD library can be used to help young people learn English after this year’s project (2014) is ended.  Eventually the  Savannah Cinema will become a Community Cinema to support a broad educational programme for the whole community. The range of DVDs requested by Talek young people for 2014/2015 include:

Entertainment and Education 

  • Children 0 – 5
  • Children 6 – 11
  • Teenagers 12 – 17
  • 17 plus
  • Science
  • Literature – reading and writing
  • Mathematics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Swahili
  • Business development
  • Keeping Healthy
  • Africa – economy
  • Films made in Kenya

Sustainable Tourism

  • Animals in Africa (especially David Attenborough series)
  • Global Warming
  • Poaching of Elephants

Longer Term Planning for the Savannah Cinema

A more permanent cinema will be constructed using local material. The building project will be linked to a skills training programme which will aim to support local economic development.  There will be an internet cafe to give local people access to global communications.  ICT Training will be provided as part of the Each-One Teach One programme.  A larger collection of DVDs will be built up to meet the learning needs identified by local people.


Five priority areas have been identified for the 3 year Each One Teach One education programme. These are Sustainable Tourism; Water Conservation; Building Technologies; Health and Welfare; Renewable Energy.  The Each One Teach One recruitment strategy in 2015 and 2016 will reflect these priorities, as will the shared curriculum for the project over three years.  DVDs have been requested on the following:

Building skills

  • Using local materials
  • Local Geology: marble, slate, limestone
  • Architecture
  • Plumbing
  • Solar energy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Water supply and waste management
  • Business management
  • Intermediate Technology projects in other parts of the world

Health and Welfare

  • Nutrition
  • Child Development
  • Sexual Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Gynaecology
  • Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Healthy eyesight



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