Kadyamadare/Harare International School iLife project (2008-09)


  • When Apple introduced a film competition using their iLife program, we used decided to enter through our thriving twin school program. See what happened and how we did it.
  • The School Development Committee of the school and Members of Parliament for the village were always involved in the Twin School Program and projects.

Our Goals

  • The purpose of a Twin School Program is to nurture collaborative relationships and endeavors between International School students and rural school students and their village community.
  • When  Apple introduced a competition in 2009 for Southern Africa, challenging students to show ingenuity in using iMovie, we decided to make it a Twin School challenge.
  • Students from the rural and international schools connected with each other in meaningful ways, explore the iMovie application together, and address real real challenges.

The Steps We Took

  • Used a long-standing twin school relationship between a rural Zimbabwean School and an International school
  • Borrowed equipment and took turns meeting at HIS and Kadyamadare
  • Formed two inter-school teams to learn how to use computers, cameras, write a script, and use iMovie to create a video.
  • Solved electricity issues by bringing and setting up inverters and batteries.
  • Students created their iLife Stories that were submitted to Apple.

Results:  One of the teams won 1st Place for all of Southern Africa!

Click to Watch the iLife Story

Our “iLife Story” documents some of the joy experienced throughout the journey of relationship-building that led to innovation and change, not only materially, but within our hearts and souls. Mutual compassion and perseverance built the incredible energy of change.

Our Next Steps:

  • Kathleen traveled to South Africa to receive the awards, computer, and ipods for the winning team.
  • We organized a community celebration at the rural school, showing the videos with our inverters for electricity for the projector.
  • We created another movie, “iLife Story” that described our journey during this project.
    • Our “iLife Story” is a brief tale of collaboration that bridged the language, economic, and cultural differences to give voice to two topics: “Growing Out of Poverty”, which won the competition, and “Twin School Programs” .


Latest Update:

  • We continue to share this movie and the process with other schools who want to know how to create twin school relationships and collaborative projects.

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