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24/9/2012 - Brazil - Youth, education and media education

(ANS – Recife) – On 14th and 15th September, the Salesian Province of Recife, in collaboration with the “Salesian Faculty” promoted the 2nd Salesian Forum of Education and communication. The theme of the meeting was “Youth, education and media education”.

The opening conference was given by a journalist and researcher Christian Parente, on the theme "Youth and communication: challenges for education." The rapporteur emphasized the value of learning and reading, and the importance of building media educational ecosystems within educational facilities. She subsequently presented data and analysis on the current state of media education, active projects around the world and particularly in Brazil, and the potential use of the media in the classroom. "If we want to make citizens more aware, more participative, and a communication for peace, for the formation of values, a better media, then we have to work with  through media education."

The next day, September 15, was devoted to the presentation of three " media education practices" through a panel discussion. The first experience, shown by the advertising executive Clarissa Medeiros, was that of the "Jovens Conectados" (Young Connected) – promoted by the Bishops’ Commission for Youth in the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB)  - which will follow the pilgrimage of the Cross for World Youth Day in the country and widely using social networks to communicate and to animate the young.

Subsequently, the coordinator of the NGO Aucuba, Paula Ferreira, presented the activities of the organization: the young people who attend learn to make videos, photos and publications, but also develop their own vision of the world and their possibilities for action as citizens.

In the afternoon the Provincial Coordinator of Social Communication, Jakeline Lira, spoke, with a report entitled "Walking with the Internet generation." Dr. Lira dealt with the idea of ​​youth as a social and cultural construction, presented an analysis of the evolution of the concept of juvenile condition, and concluded with an analysis of the characteristics of contemporary society as a tool for understanding the current generation.

Those responsible for communication in the various Salesian works, along with some young leaders, were then brought together to share the examples of the best practices in media education already developed or proposed in their local contexts. The comparison will also serve as the Provincial communication team’s plan for future actions.

The blog of the 2nd Forum of Education and Communcation - - provides additional information and resources.

Published 24/09/2012

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