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Secondary school students receive a new student, of foreign origin, in their class. Speaking in the first person, he is wondering what he is doing there. He has difficulties understanding the language and the lessons... But eventually, he makes new friends, gets used to his new environment and receives a certificate that will give him access to a job.
“Ma classe fait sa Télé“ (“My class doing TV”) is a media literacy programme addressed to primary and secondary school pupils of the Fédération Wallonie–Bruxelles (French-speaking Community of Belgium), in collaboration with the organisation “Filmmakers Without Borders” and “OUFtivi”, the children channel of RTBF (French-speaking Belgian television and radio).
This programme gives students the chance to express themselves on current issues while discovering how to make a short film (writing the synopsis, storyboard, shooting).
For years, the school Saint-Louis d’Amercoeur has carried out ambitious projects against social exclusion.
Cultivating difference is part of its daily life, with a majority of students from immigrant, little educated background, who have become fatalist and passive regarding their education...
Its multicultural population is supported by its motto: “Let’s cultivate difference, not indifference”.
Art education, well-being education, responsible citizenship are developed there.
Within this framework, a second year class directed a short film on integration.
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents
The video presents through various topics (integration in the class group, understanding the language, complexity of the school system and to get a certificate …) a young emigrant’s integration difficulties. It is firmly positive, because there is no fatalism in this school.
The comments are made by the student who tells his own journey.
Quality and relevancy of content. Compatibility of the content with the target group
This video expresses the experience of many students of this school. It will “speak” to the students with integration difficulties: “You don’t feel you belong, you have difficulties at school, you believe you are not smart enough to succeed? … You are not the only one in this situation!”.
Its purpose is to restore confidence in those young people who suffer, to show them social and professional inclusion is possible, that there are solutions.
Educational and learning value
The aim of the programme “Ma classe fait sa télé“ is to sensibilise, inform, train, educate young people, their relatives the whole population to cultural, environmental, educational, social, humanitarian… issues.
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The programme “Ma classe fait sa télé” fosters media literacy, audiovisual creation and creativity… among other things!
This programme has also a great effect on learning and relations within the class group:
Using knowledge in a concrete way (expressing oneself, building a common project, allocating roles, writing, reading, imagining a story, translating a written reality in a visual reality...)
Increasing motivation and learning: “they have more evolved in ten days than in three months”
Subject transversality. A project developed in French can be continued in mathematics.
Better cohesion of the class group, greater link between students and teachers …
The transferability potential
The programme “Ma classe fait sa télé” is the result of collaboration between actors of education and media. It seems transferable to every country and may already exist elsewhere …