Professor Higgins, director of UWS’s Creative Media Academy and Programme Leader for the University’s MA Filmmaking degree, said: “This policy – which is not unique to Zambia - has consequences for a child’s sense of identity, self-esteem and pride in their indigenous culture.
“Colours of the Alphabet sets out to create awareness of this issue, and does so by allowing audiences to experience the confusion, hope and humour of these children as they navigate this new linguistic reality.
“I am very pleased that the UN has chosen to screen our film, on a year in which it is calling on governments around the world to scale up their commitment to multilingual education.”
Dr Alastair Cole, Lecturer in Film Practice at Newcastle University added: “Our film sets out to reveal a reality rarely captured on screen; that is the moment that children first begin to realise that the language of their domestic lives may not be the language of their future.”
“It can be both a disorientating and amusing time as children attempt to make sense of their new world, but ultimately it is a bitter sweet story about the limits of mono-linguistic educational policies.”