OCEANIA/ SOLOMON ISLANDS - Young islanders attend seminar on the theory, impact and practical use of the media

Friday, 7 September 2007

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) - Some 30 young people from schools all over Solomon Islands have taken part in various seminars held over the past months in Solomon Islands organised by the head of Catholic Communications Solomons, Fr. Ambrose Pereira. The Seminars with the title “Children and the media: a challenge for education”, offered the young participants an opportunity to grasp the potential positive and negative impact the media can have on audiences. Besides listening to lectures the participants tried their hand at writing articles and producing short films.
The Catholic Church in Solomons has always given careful attention to the education of young people particularly with regard to their relationship with the media, noting that in the Islands many young people are anxious to learn to use to media, to form a critical conscience for using newspapers, radio TV and the Internet, since the media are increasingly a part of culture and play an important role in decision making and influencing public opinion, orienting the decisions of the political leaders.
“To have information, to discuss and solve difficulties the use of the media is fundamental: it can help improve the life of the people”, says the Catholic Communications Solomons office which organised the seminars. The seminars were also an opportunity to study sociology of the media as well as theoretical and practical courses in the preparation of programmes for radio, Internet, TV, and to discover hidden talents in the field.
The finality is to keep the young Catholic delegates of various dioceses in Solomons, on the development and opportunities offered by the new media which can be channels for the Church's mission to spread the Gospel.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 7/9/2007 righe 27 parole 274)