Professor Dragan Milinkovic, the CIFEJ member, proposed a project named “Film in Schools” during the CIFEJ GA which was approved by the members to be performed. After a lot of efforts made by the CIFEJ HQ and especial engagement and personal influence of Mr. Mohsen Chiniforoushan, CIFEJ General Secretary, the first phase of the workshop was held in Iran with the collaboration of the Ministry of Education.
The workshop was organized by the Ministry of education with participation of 16 representatives of different Iranian provinces (age between 33-47), most of them having a Master degree (10) or Bachelor (6), but all of them coming from an artistic background (Film or Theater directing, Dramatic or Performing arts, Dramatic literature or Painting).
Many topics were discussed including What is Film Literacy? What's the difference between Media Literacy and Film Education? Who can teach Cinema in the schools? What are approaches to Film Education? And so on. In order to better understand the importance on how to teach about the contemporary media, a separate course named “Watch, learn and grow with children’s cinema and televison” was organized inside the workshop “Teaching the teachers”. Especial participant’s interest was shown in the field of:
- What should cinema and TV do for children?
- What the children like to wach?
· Children like entertainement
· Children want to have answers
· Children look for orientation
- How to attract children interest?
The last afternoon of the workshop, included a Certificate ceromony in presence of Dr. Hamid Reza Kafash, the Deputy Research and Educational Planning Organization in the Iranian Ministry of Educationand his assitants, Mr. Mohsen Chiniforurshan and Ms. Elham Shirvani from CIFEJ, by the evening formal meeting of the participants, during which they decided to ‘self-organize’ future activities on this project.
Manyof new certified Film Teachers talked about the ways and methods which can be used to make cinema as a part of schools’ curriculum in their cities and provinces. They also discussed about the schools they should select and start to teach (primary, middle, high).
Beside well deserved Certificate for successfully completed a 60 hours Film Teaching, almost all 16 of participants demonstrated undoubted will and readiness to coordinate future similar activities in their cities and provinces. This experience can be most useful for intended introduction of this project in several other countries which have already confirmed their interest in preparation and implementation of the project “Film in Schools”.
The workshop “Teaching the teachers” as the first phase of the CIFEJ’s project “Film in Schools” was realized in Tehran, February 21-25, 2016.