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Over the past couple of years, the leading UK film organisations - UK Film Council, British Film Institute, Film Education, First Light, Film Club and the regional and national screen agencies including Scottish Screen – have worked together to generate a more ‘joined-up’ approach to developing film education across the UK, leading to the launch in June 2008 of a new UK wide strategy 21st Century Literacy. The strategy states that:
In the same way that we take for granted that society has a responsibility to help children to read and write – to use and enjoy words – we should take it for granted that we help children and young people to use, enjoy and understand moving images; not just to be technically capable but to be culturally literate too.
Britain already has what are probably some of the best film education initiatives in the world. However, for most young people, if they experience film education at all it is as isolated episodes that lack coherence and consistency…
…We want to build a wide and growing partnership with others, working formally within the education system and informally outside it; linking with the film industry and other cultural partners. … We want a society where a dynamic film and moving image culture is part of every citizen’s enjoyment.
You can download the document at www.21stcenturyliteracy.org.uk.