The Centre for Civil Society (CCS), an Atlas Network partner based in New Delhi, fosters a colaborative and competitive free society with its EduDoc: Stories of Education International Short Film Competition, this year occurring on November 12. The competition features videos under 5 minutes that highlight the many solutions devised by individuals, groups, communities, organizations, and certain governments aimed at combating the social, political, cultural, and regulatory challenges facing education around the world. The competition is open to anyone regardless of country of origin.
“The idea of EduDoc: Stories of Education is basically to bring to light the challenges and innovations in education space,” said Nitesh Anand, advocacy associate at CCS and head of the EduDoc competition. “By bringing these stories from various parts of the world into the limelight, we highlight human stories and efforts.”
Watch the inspirational video of Sylvester Bhaiya – winner of EduDoc 2015 and founder of My Angels Academy – who has dedicated 29 years of his life transforming the lives of under-privileged children into responsible citizens.
“My disappointments are never higher than my spirit,” concluded Bhaiya. “Where there is love, life lives there. If love is true, you don’t fall in love. You rise in love. In My Angels everyone is rising through love.”
Bhaiya founded the My Angels Academy when he was 13 years old, using his own income to fund the activities of the school. “The moral stories were all in books, but in My Angels I would say they have come out of the books,” Bhaiya said. “So it’s a beautiful journey, a beautiful model we have — where 90 percent previously were beggars — [and] today, none. Thirty percent were drug addicts — today, none. There were fundamentalists — today, none. Thieves — today, none … we have such a beautiful model where the children don’t go back [to their old ways] … A real transformation has occurred.”
This year’s iteration of the EduDoc competition seeks to focus on showcasing stories of innovation, choice, and the struggles faced by “edupreneurs” in setting up academic institutions. “In its previous edition, EduDoc received more than 2,000 entries from over 19 countries,” continued Anand. “The top five of these were screened and facilitated during the 8th School Choice National Conference on Dec. 3, 2016, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.”
The guidelines to apply state that filmmakers can be of any nationality, the entry can be in any language but must have English subtitles, and entries must be films/documentaries/animated videos less than 5 minutes long. A five-member jury will evaluate entries and then select the top five videos and subsequent top three winners.
The five best films from the EduDoc competition will be screened at School Choice National Conference 2017, with first place winning INR 25,000 (USD $350), second place winning INR 15,000 (USD $200), and third place winning INR 10,000 (USD $150).