Presenting at the Second Congress on Media Literacy and Citizenship, I was on a panel with Graca Lobo, who is overseeing the piloting of a National Cinema Education Plan for Portugal. Graca led Portugal’s only formal film educaton programme, in the Algarve region program JCE – Juventude – Cinema – Escola, and the National Cinema Plan is a proposed extension of this to cover the whole country.
Graca’s presentation covered significant areas of common interest to Screening Literacy, especially in similarity to our ‘strong model of film education‘.
- It engages with the lack of training for teachers, and has trained teachers from 300 schools already
- their training is accredited by the National Council for Teacher Training
- they are creating a film catalogue of recommended films: films you should see before you leave shool
- they work in the tradition of arts education, not vocational training. Film education is for everyone, not just would-be directors and other industry professionals
- they commit to cinema-going as ‘civic act’: taking children into cultural spaces, outside of school. A majority of the 3000 children in their initial 50 pilots schools had never been to the cinema..
The updating of the Portuguese picture reminds me of the problem of research surveys: like a snapshot of a moving train, your research subject has already moved on. Thank goodness!