OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS - Young people from all over the country reflect on 'Education for Life', discussing AIDS and the Media

Friday, 4 May 2007

Honiara (Agenzia Fides) - Following the last one organised for young couples and families recently the diocese of Honiara hosted a seminar on Education for Life for young people from Catholic schools, parishes, movements and associations all over Solomon Islands. The sessions encouraged the students to discuss and share their views and insights on HIV and AIDS - as a health issue that needs to be understood. Preparing audio tracks to be broadcast on Radio BOSCO was an interesting experience for the students - for it was their first experience to speak in public..
The Seminar also focussed on Media, Values and Life The 30 Don Bosco Rural Training Centre students, staff and animators spent three days at Don Bosco House of Prayer, Kola Ridge, Honiara, striving to understand the interplay between the media, values and their lives. The participants were from Visale, Avuavu, Ruavatu, Savo and Tetere and were delighted to spend time in prayer, sharing and discussion with each other.
The local Church continues to propose and organise formation meetings for young people on education to the media to help them form a critical conscience and make good use of print media, radio and TV since all are increasingly part of every nation's culture and development.
The media have an important role in decision processes and in public opinion and also in orienting the choices of the political class. To be informed, discuss, analyse problems the media are fundamental and serve to improve the life of the people. We continue to organise media formation seminars for young people, says Salesian Father Ambrose Pereira, head of Catholic Communications Solomons because “the media are indispensable for promoting peace, justice and harmony in Solomon Islands”. (Agenzia Fides 4/5/2007 righe 26 parole 261)