THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:In order to encourage creativity and talent among young children in the city, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) Thiruvananthapuram has come up with a new venture. SSA is launching ‘Celluloid’, a Short Film and Documentary Mela to be held in November focusing on UP students.
As part of the venture organised in collaboration with Sahithy, a literary forum in the city, ‘Celluloid’ film clubs would be launched on August 17 simultaneously in around 100 UP schools across the city. A blog was launched recently, as a platform for students of different schools to interact with each other and share ideas and opinions on the same. The blog, ‘celluloidtvm.blogspot.in’ was launched by Cinema Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan at the studio of Victers channel in the city.
Says M Rajesh, District Programme Officer, SSA, “’Celluloid’ is an activity launched as part of our ‘Samagram Shreshtam 12-point programme of action’ launched in 2012-13. Activities encouraging UP students to be more creative and to express their ideas innovatively through the lens, in as little time as ten minutes, has been done earlier. This is the first time this is being planned on a more elaborate scale. We plan to screen the short films and documentaries prepared by students in the mela and then select the best three made with the most minimum of budgets.” The event would be coordinated by a member each from SSA’s 100 Cluster Resource Centres in the city.
Training workshops have already been given held for SSA trainers and BRC members concerned. He adds, “Though we are focusing on UP schools, LP schools, for instance Cotton Hill LP School, are also coming forward taking interest in the initiative.”
SSA also plans to launch more activities under the ‘Samagram Shreshtam’ programme of action for this academic year.