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Not one less – A Chinese movie


The impact of audio-visual aids on learning is high for various reasons. Movies attract almost people of all age groups. Visuals leave a strong impression in the minds of viewers. They are excellent tools for teachers to develop perspectives on education, childhood and society. Every alternate Wednesday, a movie is screened in the Teacher Resource Centers. This article is about the discussion on one such movie ‘Not One Less’ reviewed on 17th May 2017 by government school teachers.

Audience views

The teachers’ initial reluctance – The young girl takes up the assignment only because she wants the money. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how she is emotionally attached to the children towards the end of the movie. Most teachers acknowledge this reality – teaching is a profession that rarely leaves a person untouched. Given the delicate journey of childhood, the innocence of children and the potential of shaping lives, most teachers become emotionally invested in the profession and the lives of the children.

“I felt touched seeing the effort the young girl took

to bring that child back.”– Sumathi

Teaching Mathematics – In the movie, children learn mathematics in a real way. They first learn to calculate the money required to travel to the town, and then they learn other calculations while working in the brick factory. Interestingly, children learnt all this outside the classroom.

“I was amazed to see that the children already

knew so much Math. Learning becomes more

The movie is about a young girl who comes to a mountain school as a substitute teacher.The teacher does not trust her and promises to give her money in addition to her salary if she maintains the same class strength without losing a single child. Unfortunately, a child runs away to town to earn money for his sick mother. The young girl, along with the students, calculates the money needed to travel to the town. They work in a brick factory to raise this money. The girl goes to the town. She finds the boy after overcoming many obstacles and manages to bring him back.

meaningful when the scenarios are connected to their real life. It reminded me of what we had discussed in another workshop – children know about a lot of things, we just need to facilitate the learning process” – Subhashini

“If there is a real need to know about something, the motivation to learn it is higher. We have to create similar learning needs in our own classrooms.” – Parameshwari

Space for students in learning process – The teacher involves the students in all the activities: planning the visit to the town, calculating the time and money required, organizing the money, etc.

“It was very striking when they read the child’s diary. It helped us understand how much a child

observes the teacher in the class” – Sandacoumari

“Planning a task along with students was a rich learning experience. Everyone worked together

towards solving a problem by sharing their knowledge, discussing and debating the pros and cons.” – Parameshwari

Start Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 17:00
End Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 19:00