OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Announcing the Truth “civilisation of images”: young people in Solomons and media education

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) -Images, cameras and video-cameras can be employed to announce the Truth, to inform people of situations of suffering, or trampling of human dignity. This emerged from a recent Media Education Seminar on education to media organised by Catholic Communications Solomons for young people interested in the field of communications.
“Nothing is brighter than God”, stated Walter Turasi, SIDT video producer as he addressed the group of Media students at Don Bosco House of Prayer, Kola Ridge on 20th May, 2006 and instructed them on the proper use of a camera. The students from four schools attended the second weekend Media Education Seminar that gave them an insight into images, pictures and photographs.

“To be a good media person you need to be motivated, know yourself and give a message that comes from your heart”, Walter told the students. In a very humorous and animated manner, he stressed proper care and use of equipment and also shared with them his experience of producing the Video film on the bubbling volcanoes at Savo.
The Catholic community in Solomons realises the need to educate young people to the media, to the use of this technology also as viewers. The media are part of the culture of a country and they have a great impact on public opinion and decision making for individuals and for national leaders in society and politics. The media can be sued to provide information, stimulate discussion and improve quality of life said Salesian Fr Ambrose Pereira, director of Catholic Communications Solomons “the media is an indispensable to promote peace, justice and harmony in Solomons”.
The local Church has organised various seminars on questions of morals and theology as well as on the use of correct use radio, Internet, TV and seminars to update young Catholic diocesan media delegates in view of ever better use of the media for the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel. (Agenzia Fides 30/5/2006 righe 27 parole 269)