Young communicators from SIGNIS Dominican Republic launch Laudato Si' Screening Series
Every year, SIGNIS screens project applications on media training, equipment, and production for subsidy from the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith (PSPF). In 2020, we launched the signisprojectapplication.net online portal, successfully switching from a paper-based to a fully digital application process and making it easier for applicants from all over the world to submit their projects.
Last year, Fr. Ambrose Pereira from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea sent us a proposal to purchase audiovisual equipment to help carry out a media education seminar for students from secondary Catholic schools in Port Moresby. In this interview, he explains how such seminars encourage young people to be creative with their talents and skills and positively influence others.
Could you tell us more about the human impact the project had on your community?
Fr. Ambrose Pereira: We carried out the seminar during the pandemic on the theme "Hope amidst COVID-19". This greatly benefited the students - without the seminar, they would have little possibility of reflecting on the situation and sharing their findings with their companions. After attending the seminar, the participants grasped that a positive message of hope needed to be sent out. They were also able to understand that each one had to believe in what they produce and live it out in their lives. Only then will their message have its desired impact.
What can you tell us about the community where the project took place?
The project was carried out in Port Moresby as well as in other parts of Papua New Guinea, that lack basic necessities and infrastructure, including that of connectivity.
What were your main objectives with this project?
We wanted to teach participants to develop critical thinking in the media and be creative when producing positive content to inspire others. They learned that the media is a communication method that can be used to inform, educate, entertain and above all inspire people.
Why do you think PSPF should continue to support these types of projects?
The Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith plays an essential part in this process by supporting the project financially. And we must keep carrying it out as it contributes to shaping the hearts and minds of young people.