OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Announcing Christ through art and music and computer science: Catholic school in Tenaru adds new subjects to its programme

Wednesday, 23 February 2005

Tenaru (Fides Service) - Music and art and the Internet can touch the human heart and so they can serve for evangelisation. With this conviction St Joseph’s Catholic School in Tenaru, Solomon Islands, added to its curriculum computer skills and expressive arts/music which it considers fundamental for young people today. The school directors hope these new subjects will help pupils develop their personality and talents and express their values and potential. Students are encouraged to freely express themselves in their own cultural songs, music and dances. “Solomon Islands cultural identity among youths is threatened with the invasion and over exposure of foreign norms, values and lifestyles. Our youth will continue to experience and enjoy the richness of traditional songs, music and dances, when given the opportunity to express and learn about cultures and traditions of themselves and of others”, said the principal.
At least five hundred guests, parents, students and friends were present for the annual cultural night on Sunday 20th February to enjoy the performance of the different island groups studying at the school. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 23/2/2005 righe 18 parole 320)