|Films celebrate environment|
|Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:06|
LRaye Cinema in Providenciales was full to capacity as hundreds of students gathered for the “Earth Day Movie Experience,” hosted by the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
Approximately 450 primary school students and teachers saw the movie “Hoot” on April 22, and about 250 high school students marveled at the compelling visual effects of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”
According to National Trust Education Officer Jonathan Sayao, both movies were chosen because of the strong message that they convey.
“‘Hoot’ is a movie that has a great environmental message and one that teaches the students about taking care of the environment amidst adversities, including corrupt officials and construction issues at the expense of habitat loss,” Sayao said.
“The movie is timely. Its message touches one of the tenets of the National Trust’s mission — that of safeguarding our heritage, and I hope that through the film, our younger generation have become more pro-active and supporters of advocacies pertaining to environmental protection and heritage preservation.”
Sayao also explained that the movie for the high schoolers was timely because climate change and its effects are current issues that everyone should be aware of.
“I liked the film very much. It was very entertaining, and I learned that we should not destroy the animal’s homes,” Yefferson Diaz of New Age Academy said after watching “Hoot.”
“I think we need to change,” Tyra Zaguirre of Champions For Christ School of Excellence said after watching “The Day After Tomorrow.”
“We have to do our part in taking care of the environment. Our planet is changing because of the pollution we create and the insensitivity we have for it. We should start now.”
“At first I was scared because climate change and global warming could really affect us,” 15 year-old Jessica said. “But I realized that we have to pray — pray to God for guidance and protection. We also have to start caring for Earth.”
Sayao was grateful for the support of the school principals in this venture and for Derek Handfield and his staff for assistance.
“We are at the digital age, and students are evolving to become three- or four-dimensional as opposed to the old fashioned chalkboard manner of teaching,” Sayao said. “Cognizant of this, the National Trust has decided to gather them together for a film showing to celebrate Earth Day and still teach them important concepts that relate to it.”
Primary schools in attendance were Holy Family Academy, Bric’s Academy, BEST Institute, Provo Christian School, New Age Academy and Language Centre, Shining Stars Preparatory, Enquiring Minds School, Champions For Christ School of Excellence, Enid Capron Primary School, Richmond Hill Preparatory, Provo Primary School, MILLS Institute, Wesley Methodist School, Alpha Christian Academy and Community Christian Academy.
High schools attending were Clement Howell High School, Maranatha High School, New Age Academy and Language Centre, Whole Gospel Christian Academy and Wesley Methodist School.
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