George & John Harris - Brothers in Education

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Alla Stepanova, founder of the Moscow
International Film School (MIFS), visited two schools in 2004 to observe
innovations in education. She was eager to tell then Governor General Adrienne
Clarkson, who was scheduled to tour MIFS, about the "brothers in education"
she met in Canada.
    George Harris' Gulf Islands Film & Television School (GIFTS) in British
Columbia and his brother John's Harris Institute in Toronto have been
developing innovative programs taught by award-winning music and media
industry leaders for 15 and 20 years respectively.
    They have partnered with organizations in Ireland, Israel, Scotland,
Palestine, the US, Russia and across Canada. At the height of the Middle East
crisis, GIFTS ran a program for Palestinian and Israeli youth. During the
"Troubles" in Ireland, Harris Institute delivered six annual "peace and
reconciliation" programs for young adults from the areas in conflict. Both
schools partnered with MIFS in a program for youth from Siberia and Salmon Arm
    Films created by GIFTS students have won 312 national and international
awards. The school offers immersive programs for teenagers and teachers on
scenic Galiano Island. It has developed courses with the National Film Board
of Canada, Creative Peace Network, Health Canada, Women's Television Network,
Environment Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, Sierra Club and has run the
First Nation Media Program for eight years.
    Harris Institute's partnership with the University of the West of
Scotland enables graduates to earn BA or BSc degrees in 8 months in Glasgow
with tuitions waived. The college established the Professional Development
Program (PDP) in 2008 supported by Ontario's Ministry of Culture. It was
selected in the US as one of Mix Magazine's "Finest Media Arts Institutions"
and is the only college or university to achieve 0% Student Loan Default
    As part of their milestone celebrations, the schools are introducing
bursaries for 50% tuition discounts on PDP and GIFTS courses to graduates of
both schools.
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