Port Moresby, August, 11th, 2017 (Sheryll Extra-Isoaimo). The majority of Papua New Guineans consider radio as the main source of information and entertainment. This is not surprising as radio transcends geographical boundaries, societal differences and language barriers. For the participants of the 5th session of the series of Media Education Seminars (MES) organized by our member in Papua New Guinea, radio has given them a voice.

Focusing on radio for the month of August, participants felt the pressure of creating their own jingle and radio dramas, experiencing how to produce and record their creations and listening to their own voices.  Mr. Ian Zuasula took the participants through the process of composing a jingle and Mrs Sheryll Extra Isoaimo presented examples of radio drama. 

Fr Paul Kote and his team from the Catholic radio station Radio Maria were on hand to provide technical expertise and the hardware to make the recording possible.  The students were challenged to record their creations.  The best creations would be broadcast on air.  A variety of jingles and reflective radio dramas with a positive focus have been recorded, each displaying the creative talent of our young participants.

The participants enjoyed session and were satisfied with the organization and content of every seminar.  Several expressed the desire to have more sessions of a longer duration.  Bringing together young people from different institutions and a commitment to use the media positively were expressed by most.

The series of sessions, spearheaded by Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb, CBC Social Communications and Youth Secretary and assisted by media coordinators from participating schools is coming to a close. The last session will be held on the 2nd of September, 2017 at Emmaus Conference Centre, Boroko at 9am.   This will serve as both the culmination of the seminars and the venue for the International Short Film Festival (ISFF17). Institutions, parishes and youth centers will have the opportunity to organize similar events in their own settings following the guidelines of the ISFF 17.

“May we be critical of what comes across to us through the media, creative and positive in what we post, upload and broadcast in the media”, said Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb as he brought MES 5 to close