OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Educational workshop on mass media, for youth

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) – It is the Church's responsibility to present the youth with a path of discernment and education in how to use the mass media well, in a world in which they are constantly fed different messages. This is why the Catholic community on the Solomon Islands periodically organizes theoretical-practical workshops for youth from the various parishes, schools, and associations, on the benefits and dangers of the mass media.
A workshop was held in recent days in Tetere, organized by the Salesians of Don Bosco working on the islands, where they run several schools and a radio station (“Radio Bosco”). For the youth, it is a real laboratory for learning the grammar and technology of radio communications, and where they can become familiar with the instruments and the potentiality of the communications.
The seminar focused on the theme of values that every communicator should live out in his work, in his own experience, and in communicating through the mass media: thus, the great responsibility that each person has from the moment in which he becomes a “communicator.” The young participants, for example, underlined how the radio and the TV can help the youth to realize the destructive effects of alcohol and drug abuse, which plagues society on the Solomon Islands.
The seminar was also an opportunity to plan celebrations and programming for Radio Bosco's 4th anniversary on March 1. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 24/2/2009)