The Rhodesian transitional government, after scrapping all segregation laws in the country, has announced its determination to go ahead with the next step in its programme for a limited form of majority rule.
GV ZOOM IN SV: Black and white rhodesian children walking together into school buildings at Frank Johnson Primary School in Salisbury (2 shots)
SV: children entering class room.
SV INTERIOR: children seated around teacher. (4 shots)
SVs EXTERIOR: children at play in playground. (3 shots)
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Background: The Rhodesian transitional government, after scrapping all segregation laws in the country, has announced its determination to go ahead with the next step in its programme for a limited form of majority rule. This would involve one-man one-vote elections next April. The bi-racial government scrapped the segregation laws last Friday (2 February) and one of the first results was the arrival of black children at white schools.
SYNOPSIS: The new government sees the removal of racial discrimination as a key factor in demonstrating its intention of ending white minority rule. With the barriers against discrimination in housing, health and education removed,
the way was clear for African children to take their places alongside whites in the classrooms. There were no official figures but it appeared that no more than five hundred black children enrolled at white schools on the first day.
The transitional government sees an important role for education in its programme for ending white minority rule. It announced that its election directorate had prepared a comprehensive scheme aimed at educating the black voter in the voting process.
The enrolment of black children in white schools was expected to gather pace as more non-whites entered previously forbidden area. To get his children into a white school a black parent must own or lease property in a previously exclusively white suburb. An estimated 10,000 blacks out of a work-force of 900,000 were reported to earn enough to live in white areas and pay the high school fees.