Children from poor and developing countries live and learn in this international community.
Sedlescombe, East Sussex.
Several shots of groups of young boys and girls walking about the Pestalozzi Children's Village; the nationalities seen are Indian, Arabic and Thai, mostly in traditional dress. Commentator explains that the work of the Village has changed from the rescue of refugees and war orphans to educational work for children from poor and developing countries.
Various shots show the children being trained in the mechanics of a farm tractor, learning English in a classroom where all the pupils wear headphones / microphone headsets (presumably listening to explanations in their own language). We see some Arabic and Thai children playing some form of scrabble; a young girl is taught pottery by a woman; a boy pours liquid into some funnels (I'm not sure what he is learning to do); two Indian girls sit weaving at looms. In the Common Room, Thai and Arabic children make paper toys together.
The Indian children prepare for the Divali, the Festival of Lights; they put statues or dolls on a kind of shrine and decorate it with candles, beads and trinkets. An Indian woman puts a red bhindi on a girl's forehead, then sprinkles her head with water. The Indian children stand by the shrine and sing, while a girl in a red sari does a traditional dance.
Note: on file is correspondence and cameraman's notes on the story. See also CP 455 - Pestalozzi Village and CP 693 - Thailand Comes To Sussex. Cuts exist - see separate record.