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School Reporters meet Desmond Tutu

School Reporters from Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham joined forces with the BBC's Hard Talk team to interview Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The full interview will be published on this website on 26 March - School Report News Day.


By School Reporter Maureen
Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

School Reporters meet Desmond Tutu just before the interview
I think our generation needs to know more about people like him because he's done so much for us but not all of us appreciate it.
Maureen
First we went into the cab which drove us to the train station. We had a long journey. Then after we took a cab to Millbank. We went into the news studio which was amazing.

After, we had a long walk and we saw different places like Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Nelson's column and much more.

We then went to the hotel which is a five star with lots of luxuries. We then had to practise our questions until we met Desmond Tutu.

He then came down the stairs, but I didn't know what to expect. He was absolutely funny he gave me a high five and was laughing.

He said to my teacher: "How do you get your feet through your trousers?" which was hilarious.

It was just like talking to an uncle; he wasn't bossy or uneasy which was great.

I think our generation needs to know more about people like him because he's done so much for us but not all of us appreciate it.

Without this project, I wouldn't know who he is, so I'm grateful to the staff. It's been an amazing journey.


By School Reporter Sihle
Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

School Reporters 'high five' Archbishop Desmond Tutu
School Reporters 'high five' Archbishop Desmond Tutu
I was excited and scared at the same time as we waited for the archbishop to show up.

When he got there, he gave us a high five.

As the interview went on, I got a bit relaxed because he made me feel comfortable.

His answers were quite funny so it wasn't so serious.

I was surprised to find out that his children grew up in Swaziland which was where I was born.


By School Reporter Sabah
Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham

School Reporters with Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The interview was inspirational and really exciting. Desmond Tutu was a really funny and clever man.
Sabah
Today, I was really excited because we were going to interview Desmond Tutu and go to London.

We went on a train and then we went straight to the BBC studio where we were deciding on what questions to ask and rehearsing the interview.

After the BBC studio, we went for a quick tour around Westminster in London. Then we went to the hotel to interview Desmond Tutu.

The interview was inspirational and really exciting. Desmond Tutu was a really funny and clever man and I hope to meet him again some day soon.

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