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  • Abigail Seta

Teachers prepare for Media Seminars for students

Port Moresby: In preparation for the annual Media Education Seminars,16 teacher representatives from nine catholic agency schools in Port Moresby were part of a media training that was held from 18th to 19th March 2022.

The training was facilitated by the Social Communications Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (CBC SOCOM) and has as its theme for the year, ‘Listen. Do everything with LOVE.’

According to Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, CBC SOCOM Secretary, the theme for the year has been adapted from the theme of the World Communications Day 2022 which is ‘Listen with the ear of the Heart’ and also the motto of St Francis de Sales, the patron of journalists, ‘Do everything with love’.

“The Holy Father has invited the whole Church to listen to learn to be a synodal Church. All are invited to rediscover listening as an essential element for good communication. True listening is the foundation of all genuine relationships, and it is very much needed with God as well as with all human persons,” said emphasized Fr Ambrose.

The program had media sessions that focused on print media, audio, video, photography and programs that SOCOM has for students. Practical activities that had the teachers fully involved. Presenting the sessions were SOCOM Personnel Nigel Akuani, Jessica Oata and Isabella Saleu. Apart from the sessions, there were moments of prayer, short media activities, games and interaction between the teachers.

The representatives from the following agency schools Marianville, De La Salle, St Charles Lwanga, Jubilee, St Joseph International Catholic College, Limana Vocational Centre, La Salle Technical College, Don Bosco Technical School and Don Bosco Technological Institute, took part in an interactive and reflective program that saw them prepared and committed to guiding the media students.

“As an animator, it is now my commitment to implement and guide the Media Club members or students with consistency in school sessions and activity. I will share these skills with my colleagues,” said Tommie Tomscoll Kaekae, a teacher from Jubilee Catholic Secondary School.

Teacher from St Joseph International Catholic College, Sheryll Extra-Isoaimo, stated: “I am committing myself to help my students to put their talents, creativity and enthusiasm into positive action for them to be better Christians and help them share their talents to others.”

“I am committed to engaging the young that are in my care to step out of their shells and be engaging members of our school community through the use of media,” said Patrina Kaboanga from St Charles Lwanga Secondary School.

The media training was the start of a series of seminars for students that will be held throughout the year with the main focus on creating and producing content that is positive and inspiring. The first Media Education Seminar will be held on 2nd April 2022.

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