The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone

by Light of Love Foundation
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The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone
The Marc Bolan School of Music&Film - Sierra Leone

It's been such a very rewarding time - our deepest and most sincere thanks go out to The Crossroads Church of Christ for their very generous gift of funds. Thanks to this and other gifts we will be starting to build the foundations of the school next week! There is still a long way to go in terms of total costs but we are extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity shown to us. 

Our teachers and students are putting the final touches to the editing of a fifteen minute documentary about the need for access to clean water supplies to villages in Sierra Leone. This documentary was produced, written, scripted, filmed, directed and edited by our own students on equipment bought by The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film from funds raised by you! Every step of the way has been guided by our Directors and teachers and our friends at the charity Purple Field Productions (who specialise in the teaching of film production). There have been many lessons focusing on the details of film production, including thorough discussion, familiarisation with film-making technology, camera work, interviewing techniques, location selection and a sensitivity to our very helpful participants who gave their time to talk about their local and environmental needs. 

Our students have loved this process and are most proud of their achievement - which is due to be shown on national TV in the near future. Our thoroughness and commitment to helping in the understanding of important causes in Sierra Leone now make our students excellent candidates for work in the TV and Film industries.- we are being noticed!

Ahead lies the completeion of the new school building, the architect's drawings of which are shown in our previous report, plus the continued growth of our teaching programmes in music and film. Our students have themseleves grown in confidence and a sense of purpose and faith in their own abilities and ambitions - please help us achieve our aims of developing the talents and inspring the minds of our wonderful students so that our school continues to grow as a cultural hub for Makeni and Sierra Leone. Our President and Director the Motown Singer-Songwriter Gloria Jones has never stopped giving her very best, her 100%, to realising this dream in one of the poorest countries in the world -  which she has made her home in order to bring faith in life to our young people. 

Last week's through planning  following classes
Last week's through planning following classes
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Editing Class in April 2021
Editing Class in April 2021

Since our last report there has been no let up in the growth of our teaching and the numbers of our students!  Our student SmartPhone1,3 and 5 minute documentaries have been a great success - so much so that we are, with backing from Purple Field Productions, going to be producing a 15 minute documentary! This will include scripting, interviews, directing, editing and project synchronisation over the period of a few days. The topic chosen is that of the life-circumstances faced by women in Sierra Leone - chosen by the students themselves. Such an ambitious and serious subject reflects the degree of empowerment that our students feel through their learning of film-making techniques - and, also importantly, reflects their desire and willingness to learn about and participate in bringing about positive changes in their society. Our Students, Teachers, Directors and our President and Director Gloria Jones are all extremely proud of their achievements. We now have more students wishing to join our classes to learn these crucial contemporaray cultural skills. And we want to teach and empower many generations of students!

Help us progress!  Help us build our beautiful designated school building with all of its brilliant technical and interactive learning facilities so that we can continue to build and play such an important part in the growth of Sierra Leone and its youth. We need $8,000 urgently for the building of our foundation and ground floor structure. Please see the beautiful design below.

 

Jed Dmochowski

Director  The Light of Love Foundation UK exclusively for The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film Sierra Leone.

Editing Class April 2021
Editing Class April 2021
Music Recording Session
Music Recording Session
Marc Bolan School Front View
Marc Bolan School Front View
Marc Bolan School Left View
Marc Bolan School Left View
Marc Bolan School Studio Space Design First Floor
Marc Bolan School Studio Space Design First Floor
Marc Bolan School Design Layout Ground Floor
Marc Bolan School Design Layout Ground Floor

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Marc Bolan School Students Visiting Villages
Marc Bolan School Students Visiting Villages

It is with a great sense of pride and happiness that we report that our students, along with staff, have been visiting villages local to Makeni (our school's setting) to present their own creations and knowledge of how best to conatain the spread of Corona Virus in Sierra Leone. These students are now developing the confidence to speak in front of groups of strangers to communicate their significant information. Guided and cared for by our staff members, they perform their songs (professionally recorded at our school studio), present their self-made videos and bond with villagers. The village Chiefs have given their blessings and thanks to our students, and, as reported earlier, the Covid Government Agency have given us licence to spread this important and life-saving information around Sieraa Leone.

So, an incredibly positive response to a very difficult situation. Through this work our talented students are developing a deep sense of confidence and self-empowerment - based on the supportive instruction and sense of well-being they receive through the efforts of our staff and President/Director Gloria Jones, her son Rolan Bolan our Directors Bai Koroma , Mr Mohamed Murrah and all of our committed and talented wokers. 

Please help us further realise our aims, please donate to our cause so that we may grow through the success of our creative, socially positive work, We want to create a culture of creative achievement that touches and inspires others to reach out and let their ideas, thoughts and art be seen, heard and shared.

One of several village visits
One of several village visits
Building understanding and confidence
Building understanding and confidence
Preparing to visit villages.
Preparing to visit villages.
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The last few months have been truly incredible and inspiring in the quality, level and manner of achievement reached by our students and staff. Our collaboration with Purple Field Productions has enabled us to manufacture and distribute our original song and video recordings, as well as our posters, to key distribution points in Makeni and Freetown. As well as this the Light of Love Foundation UK has enabled, through its parallel payments, for these same dvds and cds to be aired and played on Sierra Leone State TV (SLBC) and radio and local radio stations. 
The significance of this cannot be underestimated. Through initially creating the songs, choreography, filming, directing and editing, our students and staff have produced an effective and inspiring means of communicating ways of informing the population as to how to inhibit the spread of the Corona Virus on a national level - thereby contributing directly to protecting the population.
As well as this we have reached out and met with people in their own village communities by assembling a team of students and staff to travel beyond the immediate environs of Makeni itself. This initiative has met with great success. Our young students have spoken directly to communities on their own grounds- they have distributed their Corona Virus campaign posters and presented their videos and songs. Village elders and District Chiefs have welcomed our students and praised and thanked them for their information and efforts.
This weekend our students and staff are visiting more villages. To prepare for such outings we have provided our students with food, clothing and training in presentation - how to hold and use a microphone effectively, where to stand when addressing groups, how to speak clearly. These key social skills of course, inspire an inner confidence in our students - a confidence which their mentors/teachers and audience recognise and acknowledge.
To enable all of the above has taken a great deal of care, planning and nurturing, and the rewards and recognition are truly inspiring and moving. So much so - this last Wednesday our Marc Bolan School was featured as the Number 1 Headline News story on Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation's national daily news TV programme.  It reported how our students met with the Covid 19 Executive Committee for the Pandemic, the Paramount Chief, the Regional Co-ordinator and Chief Executive for strategies to combat Covid 19 and how that committee recognised and applauded our students for their brilliant work in sensitising communities - being at the forefront of the campaign to raise public awareness as to methods of fighting the spread of the virus. Our school has been awarded a mandate allowing us to go out to communities and distribute our message.
For our young students, many of them orphaned by Ebola, this experience has been invaluable in enabling them to develop a personal understanding (and thereby inner confidence) and appreciation of the interplay of their own talents, determination and social skills. To participate in, and contribute to, such an important campaign leads to an awareness of their own value within a nurturing and inspiring community - The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film. We want, passionately, to spread such a culture of meaningful engagement.
So, we express many and sincere thanks to Purple Field Productions for enabling our development and inspiring us to reach out further, and deeper, into the capacities and potentials of our young people and their belief in their own skills, strengths and identities.
Our core team in Makeni, headed by Gloria Jones, Mohamed Murrah, Bashiru Koroma, Idrissa Sesay and Bai Koroma are wonderful people. They are focused and dedicated in their work and very much look forward to collaborating with Purple Field Productions in further developing the skills and vision of our students so that they themselves can teach others to build meaningful, happy and consequential lives in the future.
Jed Dmochowski
Director and Treasurer Light of Love Foundation UK
Exclusively for The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film Makeni
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In the last four months the students of The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film have created a Corona Virus Covid 19 public awareness campaign which is being shown on Sierra Leone State TV and played on State and local Radio! This Public Awareness Campaign has been embraced by local and national government - to educated and inform the people of Sierra Leone in all parts of the country how to take effective steps to curb the spread of the Corona Virus.

We have produced song videos featuring our students- the songs are written by students and teaching staff and our videos produced and directed by graduates of the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film. We have approached and been accepted by State TV and Radio at the forefront for the survival of all in the country. Having survived Ebola, the students  (many from The Advance Orphange School in Makeni) are now reaching out not only to the towns and cities but also to villages around the country !!!

In the videos our students demonstrate how very important it is to remember to wash hands thoroughly, keep social distance and wear masks when with others - to thwart the spreat of the virus. This video is brought to life with a wonderful, original song sung and performed by our students - whom our school has trained and encouraged!

As well as this they have produced DVDs and CDs together with a poster campaign which we have distributed in major towns and cities and which we are also taking around Sierra Leone to distribute to villages and Chiefdoms. This urgent and important Public Awareness campaign has been spomsored by The Light of Love Foundation UK (Charity Number 1164256) with great help from GlobalGiving and the good people at Purple Field Productions, a charity aiding similar projects in West Africa.

Please help our wonderful students save lives! Our students, who themselves sadly already know great hardship and tragedy, have put their hearts and souls into this campaign, and we have done everything to make them feel and understand that their efforts at creating music and film is an incredibly important  and empowering endeavour. 

We need to instill creative and social confidence in our young people in this very poor country. Help us build our school- help us fund the distribution of our life-saving campaign!

All and every offer of help is very gratefully acknowledged!

 

Gloria Jones   President and Director

 

Jed Dmochowski  Director and Treasurer

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