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Safe family, happy family

-      Abigail Seta


Sivarai Namona, Bomana: The 4th Media Education Seminar focused on creating short films on the theme: ‘Safe family, Happy family’ from the 24th to 26th May 2019.


Held at the Sivarai Namona Pastoral Centre, the weekend program had fifty student representatives gather for the program including their teachers and the Catholic Bishops Conference Social Communications (CBC SOCOM) Secretary and team who are the facilitators of these media seminars. 


The program commenced with the problem tree exercise where the students had to depict effects and identify the root causes. “The aim of this session is to help the students be aware that behaviour has underlining attitudes.  Once we change our attitudes, our behaviour will change as well”, said Fr. Ambrose. 


The program continued on Saturday with a session by Jubilee Catholic Secondary School teacher, Ms Sheryll Isoaimo, on Creating Storyboards. This was then followed by a session on Advanced Shots by CBC SOCOM Personnel, Nigel Akuani. 


“I liked every session presented during the seminar and I especially enjoyed shooting films because I would like to be a professional camera man someday,” said Christopher Igidu, a De La Salle student at the seminar. 


Apart from the sessions, the seminar had moments of prayer and reflection, games and interactive sessions. A highlight of the program was the ‘Live Pure’ commitment where several male and female students pledged to live pure and chaste lives on Sunday 26th May at the closing Mass.


Many of the students also made their commitment to share what they have learnt in their schools.


“I am committing myself to be faithful to the task and responsibility of updating my school news bulletin and try to engage other students to help broaden our media school profile,” stated Corina Alfred, a student from the Jubilee Catholic Secondary School.


The student representatives were from the De La Salle Secondary School, Marianville Secondary School, Jubilee Catholic Secondary School, Limana Vocational School, Don Bosco Technical School and Don Bosco Technological Institute.


The final media seminar entitled ‘International Short Film Festival 2019 (ISFF19) will be held on August 3rd at the Paradise Cinema at Vision City where there will be screenings of short films created by the students. 

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