KOLKATA, (Sr. Rosy Veliyan) – The Auxilium schools in and around Kolkata are holding a day-long media education workshop for their teachers at Auxilium Convent School Dum Dum, 21 April. Some 60 teachers from their six schools in the neighbouring districts of Calcutta, Hooghly, Nadia and North 24 Parganas are participating. Among the participants are 18 Sisters from schools at Bandel, Barasat, Gobra, Kalyani, Monsadah and Dum Dum.
Salesian father Prof. C. M. Paul, guest faculty at the University of Calcutta, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication is the resource person.
“We are living in an exceedingly fast paced world of high speed communication in the digital age. We need to make critical use of the media, make it a tool for personal growth,” said the Social Communications delegate of the province Sr Lucy Kachira giving orientation for the day’s proceedings.
“I am looking forward to the workshop to draw us into the dynamic digital world,” says Miss Janelle Rodrigues of Auxilium School Dum Dum a first time participant.
“Hope this workshop helps broaden my knowledge about the new media,” says senior most participant Sr Rose Simon of Auxilium Kalyani.
This introductory training for “Media Education in Schools” will be followed by a practical Media Education training session for teachers to implement the Media Education Syllabus for Auxilium Schools (classes 1 to 10). The national syllabus was drawn up by the Salesian Sisters’ national team for Social Communications under the leadership of veteran media educationist Sr Phyllis Fernandes of Mumbai.
“Other than CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) New Delhi Board which has drawn up Media Education Syllabus for Class XI & XII, we are not aware of any other group that has prepared detailed syllabus and books for Media Education,” said Sr Lucy commenting on the ambitious national project by the Salesian Sisters.
There are some 1,100 Salesian Sisters in India spread out in six provinces running 82 schools.
The five hour progarmme which commenced at 9 am is scheduled to end by 2 pm.