OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Covid-19: young people in music to face social distancing

Thursday, 30 April 2020 coronavirus   youth   mass media   music   pandemic   education  

Boroko (Agenzia Fides) - Contactless sports, musical creations, reflection sessions, themed films and cineforums: these are some of the initiatives proposed by educators to young students and residents of the Don Bosco and Mary Our Help Technological Institute, in Boroko Savio Haus, in Bomana in these months of tension and concern caused by COVID-19. The aim is to involve young people, bring out their creativity and develop their talents even in times of pandemic, in order to transform this "time of crisis" into a "time of opportunity".
Through the creation of short musical jingles, to be communicated on the web, on social media and via radio, some youth groups have shared and strengthened the slogans "Stay at home" and the invitation to "Social distancing". "The proposal to put together rhyme and rhythm to create short musical themes is an interesting way to make young people reflect on the current situation, meditating in a light and captivating manner on the messages received and communicating them to others, to promote the sense of responsibility and attention to the common good", writes Salesian Father Ambrose Pereira, Director of the Communications Office of the Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, to Agenzia Fides,
"It is - continues Fr. Ambrose - an opportunity to reflect on what they hear, strengthen it and share it through the jingles they have produced. The children, all together, collected messages received from their superiors and teachers and made them their own, communicated them in their own way. They made their creative contribution to sharing important messages for the community".
The students were also urged to write songs, with attractive and lively rhythms, to connect with other young people. "Record songs using iPhone or smartphone. Sharing it with friends on social media is an easy way to convey an important message to other young people", reiterated Father Ambrose Pereira.
Other young people shared their thoughts, reporting what they understood and what they are experiencing in the time marked by the coronavirus, highlighting the need to "respect and care for the planet" to safeguard the natural environment and to be proactive in contributing to the good of the community. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 30/4/2020)