My Village interview with the Rwandan kids – Transcript


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NEW YORK, 9 July 2010 – Sandra says that going to school is important because “if you don’t go to school, in future, you won’t get a job. You can’t take care of yourself.”

Ronald says he attends school to study to get knowledge and to be a “good leader in the future”.

Both students are proud to have the World Cup held in Africa, and feel the World Cup in My Village initiative gives opportunities to people who ordinarily would not have access to watching the games.

“I feel that we are all so proud for the World Cup to be in our continent… The people are very happy to see the big screen… so they can watch without paying money,” Ronald says.

Sandra says, “It’s a once in a life [time] that the [World Cup] is being hosted in Africa… It’s amazing. Poor people who do not have TVs, even big people who have small TVs in their homes, they are able to see it on the big screen. They don’t give money. They are very happy.”

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Full transcript

Sandra: My name is Sandra, I am 12 years old.

Ronald: My name is Ronald, I am 10 years old. I go to Good Sheppard School. At school I study, I play.

Sandra: If you don’t go to school, in future you won’t get a job, you can’t take care of yourself.

Ronald: We want to get knowledge, and be good leaders in the future.

Sandra: We are proud. People have been watching our best players but now they are able to see them in Africa and it’s once in a life that it’s being hosted in Africa, so it’s great.

Ronald: People are very happy to see the big screen living in there in our stadium, so that they can watch, without paying money. Because before it didn’t happen, so now in the World Cup in My Village they are very happy.

Sandra: It’s amazing. Poor people who do not have TVs, even big people who have small TVs in their homes, they are able to see it on the big screen. They don’t give money. They are very happy.

Ronald: It’s very good for the World Cup to happen in an African place. For us I feel we are all so proud for the World Cup to be in our continent. Because they saw it as a good continent where the World Cup can be played.