NFB gives students a one-of-a-kind tool to tell their story—Media School. New online filmmaking program ready today for teachers across Canada.

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

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Starting May 16, Canadian educators will have a brand new online workshop to teach students ages 13 to 18 how to use photos, voiceover and music to create engaging short digital stories. Media School is an online program that teaches students the fundamental and technical skills of digital storytelling—and it’s coming to the National Film Board of Canada’s education portal, CAMPUS, just in time for the new school year.

Collaboratively developed by teachers from across the country, media education experts, filmmaker Paul Tom, and the NFB Education team, Media School is available for all educators to use now in preparation for their 2022–23 lesson plans.

Media School is an innovative example of how education experts have taken NFB’s 80 years of leadership in audiovisual storytelling and educational resources to bring a robust media-skills program to Canadian youth. This new online workshop is an extension of the in-person filmmaking workshops the NFB used to provide students.

Key features of Media School

  • Offers step-by-step videos and interactive activities that take students through the stages of media production;
  • Provides hands-on workshops on a platform that works on desktop and laptop computers;
  • Breaks down lessons into bite-size activities that students can complete individually or grouped together, so educators can teach at their own pace and spend a period, a week, a month or a whole year with their students in Media School;
  • Teaches students the fundamentals of digital storytelling, including photography, editing, research, writing narration, online ethics, copyright and distribution.

Interesting facts about Media School

  • Media School will help students express their personal stories and experiences and explore the issues that matter to them and their communities, just like NFB’s award-winning filmmakers;
  • The workshop was designed to fit within the Canadian curricula for Social Studies, English or French studies, and Media Arts as well as the Digital Action Plans of most provinces;
  • Media School will help students build media-literacy skills and encourage digital citizenship.

About the NFB

For more than 80 years, the NFB has been an essential and trusted resource for educators in Canada. It has developed longstanding relationships with Canadian teachers and others in the field of education. The NFB is developing online, media-based and interactive thematic learning programs founded on productions that foster deep learning, creativity and student action. The NFB’s new education offer is a learning destination designed to cultivate engagement and inspire creativity through and around storytelling innovation and media arts.

Students from tier-II, tier-III cities and rural areas are choosing the path of innovation and entrepreneurship – Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Education and Skill Development Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today delivered the keynote address at the India Education Summit 2022, a dialogue platform by Google and Indian Express.

The Minister shared his thoughts on taking education and skilling to every Indian, ways to transform India into a knowledge economy and the spirit of innovation in every pocket of India. He said that an estimated 52.5 crore population are under the age bracket of 3-23 years, out of which around 35 crore have access to education & skilling.

At the India Education Summit 2022 by @IndianExpress. #IES2022

— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) April 6, 2022

On bridging the gap, he said that we must endeavour to bring the remaining 17-18 crore under the umbrella of schooling & skilling. By increasing GER, making skilling aspirational and enhancing the economic productivity of young Indians, we can make India a knowledge superpower, he further added.                               

The Minister expressed his happiness to get a first-hand experience of the spirit of innovation of young students during the Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022. Narrating stories of various students doing innovative work, he said that confidence, skills, creativity and intellectual capacity of our youth has no limits. He said that whether it is Nandini and Niveditha, the siblings from Kerala who are simplifying vedic maths through online workshops, Shubham Majee from Jamtara or Moon Verma from Kapurthala, it is youth like them that will ensure India’s big leap in the coming decades. The zest for innovation as displayed by students from Garhwa, Gwalior, Jamtara, Kottayam, Khurda during ParikshaPeCharcha has amazed everyone. He further said that students from tier 2 & 3 cities and from rural backgrounds are choosing the path of innovation and entrepreneurship. Talking about the highly talented youth in the tier-II and III cities as well as in rural areas, education minister highlighted the need for skill development to help these students fly high and choose the path of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Speaking about the importance of local languages and mother tongue, Minister Pradhan said that it is important to learn local languages for critical thinking skills development also which is also one of the key focus areas of the National Education Policy.

The Minister stressed that the next 25 years are the most crucial for India’s developmental journey. In line with the NEP 2020, we all need to work collectively to ensure that our students turn into global citizens and lead India and the world to an empowered future, he added.



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The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment implements two National Overseas Scholarship (NOS) schemes. One is implemented by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment under which financial assistance is provided to selected students from Scheduled Castes, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional Artisans for pursuing Masters and Ph.D level courses abroad. The other is implemented by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DoEPwD) under which scholarship is provided to the selected students with disabilities for pursuing Masters and Ph. D level courses abroad. Similarly, Ministry of Tribal Affairs is also implementing NOS Scheme for students belonging to ST communities.

The total expenditure during the last five years under the three National Overseas Scholarship schemes for students from marginalised communities is Rs. 100.62 Crore.

A total of 3244 applications were received over the past five years from students under the three schemes of National Overseas Scholarship mentioned in response to part (a) of the question. Out of these a total of 726 students have been awarded scholarships.

A total of 9794 students have been awarded scholarships under the Top Class Education Scheme for SC students over the last five years, and an expenditure of Rs 179.62 Crores has been incurred under the scheme during the period.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri. A. Narayanaswamy in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.



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Hong Kong – SJ speaks with students on proper concepts of Basic Law and national security (with photos)

SJ speaks with students on proper concepts of Basic Law and national security (with photos)


     The Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, delivered a speech on the Basic Law and national security at a youth forum on the Basic Law organised by the Joint Committee for the Promotion of the Basic Law of Hong Kong today (September 18), during which she spoke with secondary and university students on how to properly understand the Constitution, the Basic Law, national security and the concept of the rule of law.
     Ms Cheng pointed out that the Constitution clearly states the fundamental system of the People’s Republic of China(PRC) and the fundamental rights and obligations of nationals. The Constitution is closely linked with the Basic Law and the “one country, two systems” principle. The National People’s Congress (NPC), the highest organ of state power in the PRC, shall exercise powers to decide on the establishment of special administrative regions and the systems to be instituted. On April 4, 1990, the NPC adopted the Basic Law and made a decision on the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) in accordance with the Constitution. Article 1 of the Basic Law stipulates that the HKSAR is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China, and “one country” is thereby the basis of “two systems”.
     Ms Cheng further explained to the students that China and the United Kingdom signed the Joint Declaration to resolve the issue of Hong Kong. There is no clause that provides for British rights or obligations to Hong Kong after the city’s return to the motherland.
     Ms Cheng added that the laws previously in force in Hong Kong, including the common law, shall be maintained as set out in the Basic Law. It also guarantees that the courts of the HKSAR shall exercise judicial power independently and criminal prosecutions of the Department of Justice (DoJ) are free from any interference, enabling the effective operation of Hong Kong’s legal system.
     Citing examples to illustrate traditional and non-traditional security under national security, Ms Cheng emphasised the importance of the enactment of the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL) and improvements to the electoral system in the implementation of “one country, two systems”. She explained that national security and the constitutional order of the HKSAR are matters under the purview of the Central Authorities. The NPC and its Standing Committee shall exercise powers to make decisions and laws.
     Ms Cheng pointed out that the NSL plugged the national security loopholes that existed in Hong Kong by effectively preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for any act endangering national security. She also explained the extraterritorial application of the NSL, granting of bail and other legal matters in order to clear the misconceptions in the community.
     Stressing that political security is fundamental to national security, Ms Cheng highlighted the balanced and orderly political participation as well as broader representation brought about by the improvements to the electoral system, ensuring the steadfast and successful implementation of “one country, two systems”.
     Noting that there used to be suggestions that deliberate lawbreaking might be considered in order to achieve objectives, Ms Cheng strongly refuted such misinformation by stating at the forum that abiding by the law is one of the important features of the rule of law. Lawbreaking is never justified under the law. She urged young people to distinguish right from wrong and not to engage in any illegal activities. Ms Cheng also introduced to the students the Vision 2030 for Rule of Law initiative organised by the DoJ, which seeks to promote the proper understanding and recognition of the rule of law.
     Today’s forum was attended by students from Secondary Two to the third year of university studies. They have participated in the Basic Law Ambassador Training Scheme organised by the Joint Committee for the Promotion of the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Through a series of activities, they are expected to develop independent thinking from multiple perspectives and gain a better understanding of the Constitution and the Basic Law.
     In her conclusion, Ms Cheng said she hoped that the forum today would enhance students’ proper comprehension of the Constitution, the Basic Law, the NSL and the spirit of rule of law. She also invited them to promote these to their peers and friends, upholding the rule of law with concerted efforts. Lastly, Ms Cheng encouraged the students to take part in the diversified activities under Vision 2030 for Rule of Law.

Students Showcase their Talent in the Online Inter College Competition “Pratibha 2021”

Institute of Management Studies, (IMS) Noida (School of Journalism and Mass communication) organized an online media fest Pratibha 2021 “MEDIA MANIA”. Around 150 entries participated from various institutions and colleges from all over India. Dr. Anara Gupta (Film Actress) was the chief guest of the occasion.

The students showcase their talent in different categories of the competition like Bol Bachan (Radio Jockey), Nautanki Baz (Mad Show), Rang Abhivyakti (Poster Making), Banta Bachai Bamai (Rap), LimeLight (PTC), Persona (Personality Reflection), Tasveeron se shabdon tak (caption writing) and Smile Please (Photography) were organized for the students.

Prateek Kumar from, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun secured the first position in Bol Bachan (radio jockey) competition, Sonali Keshari from IMS Noida won the first prize in competition Rang Abhivyakti (Poster Making), Mahak Arora from Chitkara University, Rajpura received the first prize in LimeLight (PTC) competition, Ritika Kishore from Chandigarh University received the first prize in Tasveeron se shabdon tak (caption writing), Aditya Raj from Chandigarh University received the first prize in Banta Bachai Bamai (Rap) competition, Aditya Chowdhry from IMS Noida received the first prize in Persona (Personality Reflection) competition, L.N Subramanium from MIT ADT University Pune received the first prize in Smile Please (Photography) competition and in Nautanki Baz (Mad Show) appreciation prize is given to Athrwa from MIT ADT University Pune.

Dr. Kulneet Suri, Senior Director IMS Noida congratulated the winners and appreciated their talents. She said that such competitions give students the chance to learn something new along with studies and it also gives them a chance to show their creativity and to explore their ideas through these competitions.