In a first-of-its kind initiative, the BMC might soon start screening award-winning children's films made by some of the brightest talents of Indian Cinema in schools. Citizens Action for Child Rights, an NGO, in collaboration with Children Film Society, India (CFSI) has sent a proposal for the exhibition of such films to the civic body's education department, which is currently deciding on ways to implement the project.
"CFSI has a budget allocated for exhibiting such films in schools. Showing such films to children are the shortest and the sweetest way impart social and moral values. Even a small message such as 'do not lie' will reach them better through films, instead of being told or warned about it," said Vidya Vaidya, a member of the NGO.
"We have had a series of meetings with the education department and we look forward to a long collaboration with them in this project," she added.
As per the rules, a film from CFSI should have at least 200 viewers at a time, only then can the projector cost and other expenses will be reimbursed by CFSI to the body concerned. Therefore, in a recent meeting with chairman of education committee Vinod Shelar, members had suggested the virtual classrooms studio be used for exhibition of these films. "The film will reach the maximum number of students at a time, if the virtual classrooms are used," said Nitin Wadhwani of CACR.
"Once the films reach students both through the Virtual Classroom studio or even through individual exhibits, it will be not only be a refreshing change for students from their daily curriculum, but will also help them in their overall development," Wadhwani said, "We are thinking of how to go about it and will be discussing with the administration on this.
Showing films to children is a good idea, but the virtual classrooms hours are packed with study lessons. Moreover, we have identified 200 persons who have inspiring stories to share with the students and they will be speaking to the children through virtual classrooms," Shelar said.