Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the DVDs in my projects?

Yes! The lessons have been developed to be used by anyone; they focus on basic key facts. All you will need is something to play them on – see FAQ “What equipment is needed to play your DVDs?”.

Why do you use DVDs?

A single DVD can contain enough information to change someone’s life, while staying relatively cheap to produce. Although the technology may be starting to seem a little outdated to some, it is still just as effective at getting the teaching points across as ever. In addition, a DVD player can be picked up for a fraction of the cost of a laptop, enabling the world’s poorest to have equal access to our lessons.

Can I see a more detailed explanation of what’s covered in each lesson topic?

Of course! There are detailed descriptions of each DVD in this PDF document. These descriptions are also shown on their relevant pages in the shop.

Have you considered adding a new lesson topic on …?

The titles available represent the areas of need we have, after careful consideration, chosen to focus on. They are largely related to the needs of people in communities where there is a high incidence of HIV infection as this was the original aim of our project. However do feel free to contact us if you have a suggestion you think we should consider.

Why isn’t … in your language list?

We know that the list of languages we offer is far from complete. These represent key geographical areas where we have decided to target our work at this point in time and our focus is on making all our lessons available in as many of these as possible. We may be able to consider working in new languages if there is a need – please contact us if you have any suggestions on this.

Which languages do you have for the countries I am interested in?

The 55 languages we are currently working with are used across Africa, Asia, South America and parts of Europe. Some, such as Brazilian Portuguese or Vietnamese are self-explanatory, but others are less obvious. If you are travelling and want to take DVDs with you we suggest that you speak to local people in the area to find which languages are most suitable.

Here is a brief guide as a starting point: Language Guide.pdf

What’s the story behind the Human Trafficking lesson?

Human Trafficking is considered to be the fastest growing crime in the world. The number of victims is unknown but certainly in the millions, with millions more are at risk simply because they want a better life for their families and can be vulnerable to the false promises they are told.

We produced this disc after we got talking to Corinne Sandenbergh (a native South African) in a UK café in 2008. Corinne is the director of STOP, a non-profit working to counter Human Trafficking. She challenged us to apply our DVD model to a lesson outline she supplied that would alert potential victims to the dangers of being trafficked. This lesson was launched by Cherie Blair at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Pretoria in 2009, courtesy of the Right Hon Paul Boateng.

This event was a catalyst for the creation of the National Freedom Network, a nationwide group of agencies in South Africa that was created by a team of volunteers and led by Justine Demmer.

The key message in the DVD is “YOU ARE NOT FOR SALE”. It raises awareness of the risk of trafficking, gives key information on what you can do if you suspect traffickers are operating in your area, such as what questions to ask, and also gives information on who you can call for more help and advice.

What equipment is needed to play your DVDs?

DVD Players

Our DVD discs can be played on any DVD player but they need to use 6 of the buttons on the remote control unit supplied with the player to operate the interactive questions. The buttons needed are: UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, ENTER and MENU. On some machines (typically portable DVD players) these buttons can be found on the machine itself, as well as the remote control.

Laptops & Computers

The discs can also be played on most Apple computers and some PC computers.

For PC computers and laptops they need to have some DVD playing software installed. This is not usually supplied with the Windows operating system; Windows Media Player unfortunately doesn’t work with our interactive DVDs. If a laptop or computer has DVD playing software installed then the disc should load and the controls can then be operated using the cursor arrows on the keyboard. UP for UP, DOWN for DOWN. Sometimes the buttons on screen are clickable using the computer’s mouse or track pad.

All of the above equipment can be connected to a data projector and amplifier to cater for larger groups.

Do you provide equipment to play the DVDs on?

We are not able usually to supply equipment to play the discs on – that is the responsibility of the user groups.

How much should I donate to cover your costs when I order DVDs?

The average cost to us is approximately £3.50 for production of each DVD and £5 for postage. However, any donation would of course be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to us, click here.

How is Education Saves Lives funded?

Education Saves Lives is funded largely by the generous donations of individuals, schools, churches and other organisations who raise money or give to us an a regular basis.
We also receive financial support from a small number of trust funds and parts of our projects have been funded by the government of the Isle of Man; Thare Machi (Isle of Man) is our sister organisation and a Registered Manx Charity No 1143.

What are the Online Lessons?

These are a way to view our interactive lessons, but without the need for a DVD player. Anyone with an internet connection can now instantly access over 300 of our lessons, with more being added all the time. Our aim is to have all of our lessons available by 2015.

The Online Lessons have exactly the same teaching and interactive elements as the DVD lessons, but is packaged in a more appropriate way for online use; it is ideal for instant, individual access. The lessons can be played in your browser or downloaded for use on most computers and some Android smartphones.
More information, instructions and access to the lessons can be found here.

If you want to show the lesson to a group of people we recommend you request the DVD version. To make the online version quickly accessible, the graphics have been slimmed down. Although the teaching content is identical in both, this means the TME lite version is less appropriate for large groups.

This is a new project and still in development – not all lessons are available yet and we hope to release improved versions in the future.

Have you got a film version for my waiting room?

Yes. One of our ongoing projects is to convert our lessons into “non-interactive” versions, which means the DVD plays through on a continuous loop instead of requiring interaction after every question. These are ideal for use in clinic waiting rooms or other similar settings. Not all lessons are available in this format yet – please contact for more information if you would like to use these DVDs.