Documentary Film as an Educational Tool
Starting in October, we launched a new series of teacher training workshops – meetings which encourage the use of documentaries in the classroom, along with sharing different methods in which these films can be used to act as a complementary element in education.
Starting from Bucharest and passing through cities such as Sibiu, Iasi, Buzau and Drobeta-Turnu Severin, we focused the trainings on three films from the One World Romania at School Videotheque: I Made You, I’ll Kill You by Alexandru Petru Badeliţă, Fair Play by Tommi Rajala and Poor Europe, by Mirella Pappallardo. Along with watching films and discussing them with the teachers, together we also put forth propositions of various activities and exercises for students, that can be used using the documentaries as a basis for discussion.
Ever since the beginning of the program in 2015, One World Romania at School has been working on developing manuals with guiding principles to help teachers use documentaries as an educational tool at class. At the same time, we have organized training sessions in which we presented the methodology that we set up, taking into account a diverse range of school subjects: over 500 teachers and teachers have attended these sessions from the beginning of the project, with a number of 17 films that served as a support for as many educational brochures, touching upon themes that had common elements with class subjects such as history, sociology, literature, psychology, geography, and languages. Thus, classroom lessons can be illustrated with films that can stimulate pupils' curiosity, but also their empathy.
At the beginning of this year, we also carried out the first intensive training for teachers: twenty teachers across the country became One World Romania at School Ambassadors, using their experience and knowledge to help in further developing the program. With their help, our mission is to turn documentary film into an educational tool spread across all schools.