THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Film clubs are not a rare sight in colleges. However, such a club which comes up with activities every month for students is not a common occurrence and that too at a school located in a remote area.
Nair Service Society Upper Primary School, Kokkottela, Aryanad, is the school which started the club last year. It’s major activity is to premier a movie every month for students, both club members and others.
The club which has been a part of the school for over a year has 40 students from classes V, VI and VII as its members. Premnath, faculty member who coordinates the club activities,said, “Students are shown a critically acclaimed movie, preferably on the third Saturday of every month. The movies which are shown, either its message or context, would have some plot which is similar to topics taught at school. Afterwards, the students are made to interact with each other and the teachers on what was the message which they understood from the movie, along with the critical points.”
As part of the club activities, the school plans to show the students the Malayalam film ‘Odayil Ninnu’ which recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. The screening is open for all students.
On the reason for conducting such an exercise, he adds, “Such activities can make students become more involved in academics. Learning is also about interaction and entertainment. Moreover, students can imbibe more of the values and messages from movies than that from textbooks.”