Supported by the Rei Foundation, the Doc Edge Schools programme offers free documentary screenings to schools during the Doc Edge Film Festival from 30 May to 7 June in Auckland, and 13 June to 21 June in Wellington.

The documentaries will be suitable for students from Year 5 right through to tertiary, engaging them with  current issues, vital ideas, critical questions and new perspectives.

Learning resources are also provided for students and teachers so that the films can be used as educational resource material in the classroom.

“Education Outside The Classroom can sometimes be difficult to organise, so there is a travel subsidy on offer for schools planning to bring a large group, as well as schools who are some distance from the theatres,” says Doc Edge Schools Manager Matthew Donaldson.

“Checking in with senior management, and getting all of those boxes ticked early is a good idea to avoid any last minute rushes or disappointment.”

There are also regional screenings to be confirmed later in the year, as well as special relaxed screenings for special education students where the lights aren’t turned all the way down, and students are free to move around the theatre and talk with each other. Plans are also in the works for special screenings for deaf students too.

There will also be a subscription-based on-demand service, so teachers around the country can access documentaries in their own schools too.

Films for the Doc Edge Schools will be confirmed on April 1st and interest is already high, so schools are encouraged to register now for earlybird information.


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