Nepal student group forms media club – Robert Urau report

Kathmadu: A group of students in Nepal has become the first to start a video production club in Salesian South Asia Region. They are part of a media club spread out over three continents and in four countries (Poland, Ghana, Israel and Nepal).

The newly formed club in the Himalayan kingdom started off with a group of 15 boys who underwent two weeks training in basic photography and film making under the direction of Polish Salesian Fr. Roman Sikon, a member of “Art 43” Film School.

After the completion of the film making course, Fr Sikon, a professional film maker, organized photo competition for the students.

Seeing the enthusiasm and talent of the students Fr Sikon introduced them to the Salesian media club called “Art 43 Club,” which was started in the Salesian theology study institute at Krakow in Poland.

The name “Art 43” derives from Article 43 of the Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco which says “by creating awareness of the importance of communication in the Salesian mission and of its educative and apostolic effectiveness.”

“The students of Don Bosco Thecho in Lalitpur district of Kathmandu formed their own group of “Art. 43 Nepal” on April 15 along with some of their teachers,” says Director of the Technical Institute Fr. Jijio John proud of the achievement of his boys.

To see their first video production please click here

The Article 43 Movement started off as an experiment in social communication that involved the four provinces of Poland involving Salesians, the Salesian Family and young people from all over Poland who are committed to the social communication ministry. It all started way back in 2006 when the former Rector Major Pascuale Chavez preached a retreat to the Salesian Rectors who in turn motivated some young Salesians to get into media ministry.

“Article 43 is a movement comprising different groups of Salesians and lay people of the Salesian Family and young people of the Salesian Youth Movement in Poland and elsewhere. Each group retains its identity and achieves its specific objectives in the area of social communication,” says Fr Sikon.

In 2008, after the reorganization of the houses of formation in Poland, the post-novices of the Lad and Warta community published a bulletin called Lenda, produced a film about the life of the community, started the community website, and extended their activities in collaboration with the local youth centre.

With the help of the young people of the Salesian Youth Volunteer Movement, Article 43 was exported to Ghana in Africa.

Soon other local groups were started in Poland and the formation activities of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) began to spread with Radio Desert as well as the Salesian Youth Movement newsletters Czas Laski and Kontakt.

There is an Art 43 group also in the International Theology study house at Ratisbonne, Jerusalem, in Israel.

“One of the characteristic features of this experience is a passion for formation, professional training in the field of social communication, and spiritual and theological formation,” recalls Fr Sikon who has recently joined Nepal mission.

“Formation is at the basis of all their activities that now reach schools, universities, youth centres, parishes, digital browsers, television viewers, radio listeners, readers of the bulletins,” explains Fr Sikon.

[This story appeared in Matters India]

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