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”Petefi Šandor” elementary school

Address: Bore Prodanovića 15a, Novi Sad

Country: Serbia

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Project: Movie-making after school club workshop

Working language during the project:

  • Serbian, Hungarian, English

Themes of the Council of Europe campaign “FREE to SPEAK, SAFE to LEARN - Democratic Schools for All” covered:

  • Making children’s and students’ voices heard
  • Addressing controversial issues
  • Preventing violence and bullying
  • Dealing with propaganda, misinformation and fake news
  • Tackling discrimination
  • Improving well-being at school

Competences from the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC) addressed and where / how they were integrated:

  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the world: politics, law, human rights, culture, cultures, religions, history, media, economies, environment, sustainability
    Students are taught about different media and the way they can be used in addressing different issues and shaping people’s views and attitudes. They become able to critically analyse the function of media, as well as their own behaviour towards the media.
  • Co-operation skills
    Students work together making their own decisions at all stages of filmmaking – from the initial idea to filming and final editing.
  • Responsibility
    Students become aware of their own potentials to participate actively in their society and make their voices heard on issues that they find important.

Target group age range:

  • 5-11 and
  • 11-15

Level of education:

  • Primary education
  • Lower secondary education

Short description of the project:


The Movie-making after school club workshop started four years ago with the idea of developing students’ media competence in order to empower students to participate both actively and passively in civil society. Students learn how to handle different media devices and how to use them in a creative way for their own purposes. The children are taught practical film skills, such as script writing, camera operation, directing and editing, as well as acting and performance skills. They also improve their teamwork and social skills, but most importantly, they become aware of the role and potentials of different media in civil society.

Expected results/outcomes

The students learn the basics of media literacy, the importance of media in democratic societies, as well as the way they can be used in addressing important issues in their lives, such as violence, bullying, human rights, equality, cultural diversity, environmental problems, etc.


Students have become aware of their own potentials in making difference in their society.

Challenges you faced

The project has had great support from the professors at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Šandor Šetalo and Nikola Sekerić, and their students from the Department of Dramatic Arts. The biggest challenge was to provide all the necessary equipment to work with.

Time-frame of the project:

We hope to continue with the project in the future, as there are lots of students who are interested in it, and teachers and professors from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad who are willing to work with them.

Council of Europe materials on citizenship and human rights education used while preparing or implementing your practice:

  • Living democracy-manuals for teachers
Additional material provided by the school Additional material provided by the school

Our students’ work resulted in three documentaries on issues that children found important in their school life and local community: The colours of Fruska gora (environmental problems), Stop violence! (non-violent ways of communication), and Breaktime (everyday school life).