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South Africa / Oprah's School (Part I) #849224

CNN Evening News for Monday, Jan 08, 2007
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The story about hope & change in South Africa with the building of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls introduced.

(South Africa: Jeff Koinange) The opening of the forty million dollar school for poorer girls featured; scenes shown from the academy just outside Johannesburg. [Former South African President Nelson MANDELA - says this is unprecedented in South Africa.] [WINFREY - says the school is open for all disadvantaged girls.] [Students Zaida LAWRENCE†, Michelle CONRADIE†, Noxolo BUTHELEZI†- react.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Interview held with Oprah about her school; inset scenes shown from the school. [WINFREY - says we have a similar background in poverty & we can change our situations & the school is about opening up opportunities; explains the struggle of getting people to understand her vision.]

(South Africa: Jeff Koinange) The background of poverty that the girls come from featured; scenes shown. [Student Mbali MEYERS†, mother Anushka MEYERS†- describe the family's living conditions.] [Mbali's teacher Christopher MOROPA†- comments on Mbali's opportunity.] [WINFREY - says she wanted to feel what their environment was like.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Koinange, Jeff

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