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We empower & educate children through the art of filmmaking 

 
 
 

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What are we?

An international, non-profit organization that produces localized edutainment content by kids, for kids.


What do we do?

We connect cultures to empower and educate children through the Art of Filmmaking.


 How do we do this?

Through our edutainment camps, we unite Filmmakers and Educators with children of different backgrounds to direct their own movies, thus individualizing and innovating their educational experience.

WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED?

 
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453

Stars

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50

Films

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14

Red Carpets

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7

Countries

Where do we travel?

Why do we LCL?   The reason Lights, Camera, Learn exists is to:  Individualize education and prep students for skills relevant to the market  Provide a voice to stories that would otherwise not be told  Revolutionize traditional teaching methods through more innovative and effectual techniques in edutainment.  Foster a generation of cross-cultural understanding.  Provide access to quality education to every child on the planet.

Why do we LCL?

The reason Lights, Camera, Learn exists is to:

Individualize education and prep students for skills relevant to the market

Provide a voice to stories that would otherwise not be told

Revolutionize traditional teaching methods through more innovative and effectual techniques in edutainment.

Foster a generation of cross-cultural understanding.

Provide access to quality education to every child on the planet.

Why is    edutainment    important?   We use the process of filmmaking to make learning fun and we create edutaining content to make quality education accessible for all. By having kids create that content, they are learning the skills necessary to succeed as a 21st Century Learner, and the kids who are watching our content are being reinforced to learn the concepts that are found in their local school curriculums. Learn more about edutainment below.

Why is edutainment important?

We use the process of filmmaking to make learning fun and we create edutaining content to make quality education accessible for all. By having kids create that content, they are learning the skills necessary to succeed as a 21st Century Learner, and the kids who are watching our content are being reinforced to learn the concepts that are found in their local school curriculums. Learn more about edutainment below.

When do we LCL?   Summer and winter school breaks  Our  STARS : Through our Edutainment Camp: 6 days  Our  DIRECTORS:  Through our International Internship Program: a 12 or 24 day travel packag

When do we LCL?

Summer and winter school breaks

Our STARS: Through our Edutainment Camp: 6 days

Our DIRECTORS: Through our International Internship Program: a 12 or 24 day travel packag

What solution do we offer?   We implement the LCL methodology of teaching through the arts into schools, allowing the system to innovate their pedagogy and empower the kids to create edutainment content. Moreover, our initiatives generate digital, educational content for students, which will provide all children with an alternative form of education.  We will do this through multiple programs, two of which are already running in 7 countries:  Our international Internship Program  Our Summer Edutainment Camp  Edutainment Teacher Training Program  Edutainment Production Studios

What solution do we offer?

We implement the LCL methodology of teaching through the arts into schools, allowing the system to innovate their pedagogy and empower the kids to create edutainment content. Moreover, our initiatives generate digital, educational content for students, which will provide all children with an alternative form of education.

We will do this through multiple programs, two of which are already running in 7 countries:

Our international Internship Program

Our Summer Edutainment Camp

Edutainment Teacher Training Program

Edutainment Production Studios

 
 

WE CREATE EDUTAINMENT CONTENT, BY KIDS, FOR KIDS

 

Our website is currently under construction - please bear with us and we will be up & running in no time!


 

WHERE DO YOU COME IN?

Our directors are drawn to us for many reasons: some just need to fulfill their internship requirement, while others have found that edutainment and travel is their calling. The one thing they have in common is they come together to grow, connect, and give to one other and the stars.  If you are interested in an internship abroad, volunteering abroad, teaching english or other languages internationally, or if you are a student in need of some training before entering the job market - then this program is for you.  If you love traveling, or are already a traveler, and you are passionate about storytelling and immersing yourself in other cultures - then this program is for you.  If you are passionate about education, and love inspiring the younger generation, and are curious about the field of edutainment, then please take a look around. If you have a special talent, like songwriting, yoga, scriptwriting, or dancing - then we need you to share that talent with our stars.  Last but not least, if you are a photographer, a filmmaker, an editor, a cinematographer, a film director, a sound/light designer - then this is where you thrive. We are using the tools you know and love to truly make an impact on the world - and we want to tell the stories that the world needs to hear.

Our directors are drawn to us for many reasons: some just need to fulfill their internship requirement, while others have found that edutainment and travel is their calling. The one thing they have in common is they come together to grow, connect, and give to one other and the stars.

If you are interested in an internship abroad, volunteering abroad, teaching english or other languages internationally, or if you are a student in need of some training before entering the job market - then this program is for you.

If you love traveling, or are already a traveler, and you are passionate about storytelling and immersing yourself in other cultures - then this program is for you.

If you are passionate about education, and love inspiring the younger generation, and are curious about the field of edutainment, then please take a look around. If you have a special talent, like songwriting, yoga, scriptwriting, or dancing - then we need you to share that talent with our stars.

Last but not least, if you are a photographer, a filmmaker, an editor, a cinematographer, a film director, a sound/light designer - then this is where you thrive. We are using the tools you know and love to truly make an impact on the world - and we want to tell the stories that the world needs to hear.

for Directors

We call our interns Directors for a reason. We believe that Directors are leaders that inspire, entertain, and educate the stars around them.

Read the stories of our past directors to see what they have learned from their travels with us!

If you are here because you participated in our Summer Camps and you are looking to find your movie, you’ve come to the right place!  If you are a parent and you are looking for photos you and your family at our Red Carpet Event - visit our Facebook Page!  And if you are looking to sign your kids up in a program near you - you have come to the right place! We partner up with local schools to bring edutainment to your doorstep! Check out why you should want to enroll your kids, who will soon become movie stars - in the "Stars” section below!

If you are here because you participated in our Summer Camps and you are looking to find your movie, you’ve come to the right place!

If you are a parent and you are looking for photos you and your family at our Red Carpet Event - visit our Facebook Page!

And if you are looking to sign your kids up in a program near you - you have come to the right place! We partner up with local schools to bring edutainment to your doorstep! Check out why you should want to enroll your kids, who will soon become movie stars - in the "Stars” section below!

for Stars

We call our kids Stars because we know that being a a star doesn’t just mean being in front of a camera. It means being a leader.

Watch your movies, check our your photos, sign up for future camps here!


My Story

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It all started with Allen.

Well, in actuality it began with my dad. But I only recognized how important his work was once I met Allen.

Allen was 6 when I met him. He and his family had moved from the United States to Sfax, Tunisia. They enrolled in my dad’s program to learn Arabic through filmmaking. Although Allen only had one line in the script, the movie was called “Allen’s Birthday.” Three months after that session, my dad received a thank you letter from Allen’s mom explaining to him how the session had changed Allen’s life. We found out that Allen had tried to go to Arabic classes but traditional teaching methods were putting Allen off the language. What’s more, Allen has a learning disability and learning English was challenging for him, let alone learning a whole new language. But during my dad's language program, Allen would go home and watch his movie so many times that he memorized every line. His mom would catch him repeating lines to himself in the bathroom mirror, and then using them in real life to interact with merchants, taxi drivers, and eventually to make friends. During the movie, Allen didn’t just learn a language, he learned to appreciate a new culture.

So many kids around the world view language as just another subject in class. But they are a gateway to a new world. After hearing Allen's story, I realized I wanted to open the world to children so that they can unlock their potential and one day change the world for the better.

- Amal Bahloul, President and Founder

 

Origins

“Every minute, over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. And every day, over three billion videos are viewed on that one channel alone. We humans have become prolific both as consumers and producers of video. Increasingly, we use cameras to communicate our ideas and we use screens to listen to the ideas of others.

Driving this explosion is today’s youth. Having grown up comfortably amidst emerging digital storytelling tools they naturally seek to connect with others through their cameras and their camera enabled phones, tablets, laptops and other devices. We have this tremendous outpouring of activity and creation by young people around the world passionately dedicating many hours of their day into the creation of personal video projects.

But at the very same time, we are also witnessing a crisis in schools, with increasing drop out rates, disengaged learners, and students generally aggravated that school is boring, irrelevant and disconnected from their real lives. Why do we not pay attention to this gap in passion?

As educators, mentors and parents, we need to realize that for an increasing number of students, cameras are the new keyboard, and video production and viewing has become a large and meaningful part of these young people’s daily landscape.

This is where filmmaking in the classroom comes in. It’s an opportunity to connect students’ passion for creating media with our educational objectives to provide students with meaningful, relevant learning.

Personal filmmaking, made viable through today’s inexpensive and intuitive technologies, gives students an opportunity to express themselves in a modern dynamic language and at the same time, provides them with a methodology to creatively engage in the investigation of the world in which they live.”

- Dr. Maher Bahloul

 

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Language and Culture

We know that language and culture are interconnected, and that the best way to teach a language is through the culture. Our goal is to connect storytellers from all around the world to collaborate to create meaningful, inspiring, and educational art that happens when two cultures collide. We do this by connecting filmmakers with children around the world who wish to learn languages through the cooperative and immersive art of filmmaking. 

We know that languages are best taught through active learning. Traditionally, languages are taught in sections: grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking. Dr. Maher Bahloul realized that this is an unrealistic and inefficient way to teach languages. Rather, children should be taught through cultural understanding, immersion, and creativity. In 2011, Dr. Bahloul published a book called, "Lights, Camera, Action and the Brain: the Use of Filmmaking in the Classroom," in which he highlighted the many advantages of this teaching method. Filmmaking, as an innovative teaching technique, provides a way for our “stars”, or learners, to be actively involved in the product their making; thus, language learning almost becomes a secondary tool in the creative process, and the outcome of our sessions have been truly transformational on many levels for both our stars and directors.

Similarly, we believe that being a tourist in another country does not provide individuals with the most meaningful travel abroad experience; rather, they must take on the personality of a traveler. A traveler is someone that adds value to the society they are in by sharing their culture and at the same time seeking to understand the culture in which they are immersed. In today’s world, cultural immersion with locals is key to broadening one's horizons. Capturing that growth on film is truly spectacular.

Even though we started with just our passion for languages and culture, we have expanded to creating edutainment content in other fields, because we believe that localized content is the most efficient way to reach marginalized and underserved societies. It is also a way to provide a voice to stories that are usually not told, due to the fact that they are that of children.

 

 

What Has the Media been Saying About Us?


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Classrooms? Let’s Make a Movie Instead!

The more technologically advanced we are becoming, the harder it is to keep children focused on their education. This is why Amal Bahloul, the CEO and Founder of Lights, Camera, Learn took it upon herself to find innovative methods of bringing technology into the classroom, and the classroom to the world.

٣ ٢ أكشن... هل تساعد السينما في تعليم الأطفال لغات جديدة؟

لقد نشرت ال سي ان ان العربيه مقاله عن أمل بهلول، شابة تونسية، استخدمت الصناعة السينمائية وفن رواية الحكاية أساسا لمنظمة أطلقتها وحملت اسم

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الهدف الرئيسي لهذه المنظمة غير الربحية هو تعليم اللغة والانفتاح على الثقافات المختلفة

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Languages through "edutainment" by Leona Caanen

Imagine a new way of learning a language- one that does not require you to sit still in a classroom for 80 minutes. Instead, you get to make short movies and attend red carpets, while being immersed in a new culture. Amal Bahloul calls this "edutainment."

26 Oct 2018 Read More

رئيسة المنظمة في حوار لها على تلفزيون الآن للحديث عن أهداف وانجازات وتطلعات المنظمة

دأبت الجمعية على ترسيخ قيم الانفتاح على الثقافات الأخرى وذلك من خلال نشاطها الرئيسي ألا وهو تعليم الأطفال اللغات عبر فن صناعة الأفلام. من خلال برامجنا يقوم الأطفال تحت إشراف المؤطرين باختيار افكار افلامهم وبكتابة السيناريوهات وبتمثيل الأدوار وبالإخراج. تجربة لايتس كاميرا ليرن هي مجال لاكتشاف ولصقل مواهب الأطفال وفي كثير من المناسبات مثلت نقلة نوعية للأطفال وذلك من خلال توفيرها لفرصة لهم للتعبير عن آراءهم بكل حرية

Angel investors: Seed capital helps MENA female start-ups take flight

"[Amal] Bahloul’s company runs workshops which educate Arab children – including many Syrian refugees - through the art of filmmaking. The children write, perform and produce English language short movies to help them connect with different cultures and share their own unique stories."

June 8, 2018                                      Read More

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A festive atmosphere in the "Red Carpet" for the development of English in the film industry

The films that were presented are the product of an international project to develop the English language in filmmaking, which was initiated by the Center for Arabic Language, Al Qasimi for Innovative Education (ACIE) with the participation of the four schools mentioned and the American Lights, Camera, Learn organization...

May 27, 2018                                      Read more

Education of the Gifted, Amal Bahloul & Dr. Enas Qa'adan

Our founder and president sits down with our friend and sponsor Dr. Enas Qa'adan for an interview with Sabahna, a Nazareth-based news organization, to talk about our work in the region and beyond.

May 2, 2018

 

برنامج أهلا تونس | الجزء الثاني - Amal Bahloul on Lights, Camera, Learn June 30th 2018

 

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