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Media Seminar an inspiration for students

-       Abigail Seta


Sivarai Namona, Port Moresby: The third Media Education Seminar for Catholic students in Port Moresby had a three-day program held at Sivarai Namona, Bomana from May 4th to the 6th.  


Over 50 participants consisting of students from seven schools with their teachers and animators attended the weekend program. These participating schools where Jubilee Catholic Secondary, Marianville Secondary, Caritas Technical School, Don Bosco Technical School (DBTS), Limana Vocational, Don Bosco Technological Institute and Sacred Heart Teachers College. 


The program commenced on 4th May, with interactive games, evening prayer and rosary.  The first session animated by Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb entitled ‘The Problem Tree’ enabled the participants to reflect on the issues they face in life today.  “Search for solutions to the many issues you face”, said the animator.  “It is a way of encouraging and helping the students to face and overcome the many issues in their lives.  


On the second day, a lively Eucharistic mass was held to start the day where the students all participated with vigour. The session for the Saturday program focused on Radio and basic video shots.  Radio Maria was present to record and edit the student’s jingles and dramas. ‘Touching minds, transforming hearts’ and ‘The importance of Silence’ highlighted the need for the young people to be catalysts in our changing world.


The opportunity to speak on camera and view their short speeches enabled the participants’ to view how they present themselves to others.  It has given them the confidence to speak before an audience.  The storyboard activity prepared them for the one-minute video film.


Caritas student, Ruth Oa Leteng stated: “I have learnt a lot about media and how to handle my camera and gadgets but mostly of how to love life and live life it to the fullest.”


From Jubilee, one student said; “There were many important things that we learnt and gained knowledge from and with these knowledge, we will put what we have learnt into practice back in our schools.”


On Sunday, the students applied what was learnt in the previous sessions.  They were able to act, shoot, edit and present their short films which all the institutions were able to complete and present. ‘Unleash’, ‘Sharing is Caring’ and the ‘Power of Words’ were some of the short films produced by the participants.  


One-minute films on: Youth Alive! Celebrating ‘Life and Love’ are invited from students. These will be screened at the Media Education presentation on 4thAugust, 2018.  Details can be had from the CBC SOCOM office.

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