Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BIS #5316 REACHING OUT TO THE ARMED FORCES



REACHING OUT TO THE ARMED FORCES
by Lynette Sequeira 

MUMBAI, FEB 27, 2018: The students of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli have always shown a keen interest in reaching out and doing their part, whenever the opportunity presents itself.  For two consecutive years, the institution has been among the top five schools in Mumbai, in contributing towards the Flag Day celebration of the Indian Armed Forces.

To acknowledge the contribution of the institution, the school was invited to be part of a felicitation ceremony on February 23. Father William Falcao, the Rector, attended the ceremony on behalf of the management and received a token of appreciation from the Minister for Education, Vinod Tawde.

Every year as part of the Armed Forces Flag Day celebration, the Education Department encourages students from all schools to take part in a collection drive, to assist them in generating funds, which are utilised for the welfare of the families of soldiers, who have either retired or lost their lives in the service of the nation.

The students are first briefed by their teachers on how this activity can help them do their part to reach out to the soldiers and express their gratitude to them, for what they do for them every day. The children on their part come forward to collect and generate funds.

Don Bosco always hoped to make his boys good and honest citizens. It is wonderful to see the students going out of their way year after year, to reach out to the soldiers who sacrifice their lives in the service of their nation.  


BIS #5315 BOSCO BOYS HOME ANNUAL DAY


by Father Solomon Rapol

MUMBAI, FEB 27, 2018: The environment was the theme for the Annual Thanksgiving Day programme for Bosco Boys Home (BBH) in Borivli on February 24.

Keeping in mind the present situation of environmental pollution, technical students presented a skit communicating the message, ‘Save the environment’. 

A highlight was the musical play titled – ‘Power of Love’, based on the story of a boy named Mickey who made his journey from eternal hatred to eternal love. The journey begins when Mickey,  a street boy who comes in contact with a Don Bosco Priest, who helps him come out of his dark ways into the bright light of love, joy and cheerful living.  

A display of cultural dances namely Koli from Maharashtra, Kunbi from Goa and Garba from Gujarat were performed by the students of the Institute. A precise report of the activities and courses offered at Bosco Boys Home was then presented by Alan D’silva.

Father Solomon Rapol felicitated the Chief Guest, Father Lancy Silva, parish priest of St. Louis Parish, Dahisar and a few other guests.

The programme began with the lighting of the lamp followed by a graceful prayer dance. The rector of BBH, Father Rapol, then welcomed the gathering and thanked all present for their presence. “Let us learn to deal with love, kindness, and generosity,” he said. The scouts then performed an energetic drill consisting ten formations.  
Father Silva, in his address, said, “I was amazed at the way the boy standing at the apex of the formation, fell back unhesitant, trusting fully in the boys who were there to hold him.”

The evening concluded with the vote of thanks delivered Mayuri Rajbonshi, coordinator of Bosco Boys Home.  

BIS #5314 ST. JOSEPH ITI BAGS BEST PERFORMING INSTITUTE AWARD

by Amarr Prabhu 


HALIYAL, FEB 27, 2018: St. Joseph Industrial Training Institute (SJITI) was awarded as best performing institute at the 10th National Toyota Technical Education Programme (T-TEP) 2018 at Deshpande Private, Industrial Training Institute, Haliyal, Karnataka on February 21.

Students from SJITI participated in T-TEP Instructors Skills Contest (TISC), which is an initiative to showcase and to recognise their skills. The contests were held in four categories: General Technician Instructors (GT T- TEP institute), Body Instructor and Paint Instructor (BP T-TEP institutes) and Service Advisor (SA T-TEP institutes). The contest focuses on the evaluation of instructors on various T-TEP topics. 

Shekar Karkera represented SJITI on the categories of Auto Body Instructor. Karkera won the first runner-up in the Auto Body Instructors category. T-TEP is a very well established programme of Toyota with 48 institutes, which includes 22 General T-TEP, 17 Body and Paint T-TEP and nine SA T-TEP programmes running productively across India. The objective of the programme is to support and enhance skill for employability of the students to meet the industry requirement. 

St Joseph Industrial Training Institute has been part of this programme since 2006 for General Technician and 2015 for Automotive Body and Paint Repair. Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd also conducted sustenance evaluation of SJITI which had parameters like training, operation, manpower, Assest, Kaizen and safety. On the basis of these parameters, St. Joseph’s ITI was also awarded as the Best Performing Institute 2017 for T-TEP Facilities and Operation Sustenance under the category of Automotive Body and Paint Repair for the west region. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BIS #5313 COADJUTOR SALESIANS REFLECT ON FIDELITY


by Brother Royston Colaco

KAPADVANJ, FEB 21, 2018: The Coadjutor Salesians or Lay Brothers of the Salesian Mumbai province came together for a two day on-going formation animation workshop entitled 'Salesian; Be a Faithful Witness' at the Don Bosco Campus Kapadvanj on February 17 and 18.

At a time when the Salesian congregation as a whole is grappling with the dynamics of vocational fragility and the rate of attrition the world over, and more especially when trying to come to grips with the dwindling numerical paucity of those wishing to embrace and commit themselves to a life-long bond of Religious witnessing either as priests or coadjutors, a workshop of this nature was timely, relevant and essential. Organised under the auspices of the INB Lay Brothers Association, headed by Brother Royston Colaco, the workshop focused on the call, the response and the faithful living out of one's vocation as a Salesian religious following Christ the Don Bosco way.

The resource facilitator Father Chris Valentino animated the compact group of Coadjutor Salesians through the two days with short inputs, open discussions, facilitating critical reflection on various concerns, enabling a sincere self-assessment and rethinking the Salesian fidelity to Don Bosco as expounded through the history of the Salesian congregation. Going down memory lane, the Coadjutor Salesians embarked on a reflective journey starting from the mind of Don Bosco as carried forward by Don Rua, upheld by Don Paul Albera and as expounded with great clarity by Don Rinaldi. The Coadjutor Salesians refocused on the directive of the Salesian Congregational General Chapter 22, #9 that invited a relook at the "vocational identity of the lay Salesian, its essential significance for the life and mission of the Salesian congregation in the light of present-day thinking in the Church."

"The innovative revolutionary concept of Don Bosco as evolved over the years, integrating itself into the complex societal service as envisioned by the Salesians of Don Bosco over the years is as relevant to the educative-pastoral style as per the needs of our times," Father Valentino, said. Drawing from Don Bosco's talk to the tradesmen and artisans at Valdocco as reported in the Biographical Memoirs XII, XIV, XVI, XVIII and from the express desire of the Special General Chapter 149, the Coadjutor Salesians reflected on their specific call within today's context.

The Brothers also discussed at length Point 10 of the General Chapter 27 which explicitly mentions the "low appreciation of the meaning of our consecrated life which is seen in a weak concern for the Salesian Brother vocation [... and the] excessive clericalism so often manifested in our community and pastoral relationships," in conjunction with Point 69/7 that invites the following of the guideline from General Chapter 26, followed by "continuing reflection both on the consecrated life aspect and the specific nature of the Brothers with regard to fraternal life and the mission."

As a preparation in the build-up for the upcoming South Asia Brothers' Congress scheduled from December 30, 2018 – January 03, 2019 at Bengaluru, the Brothers of the Salesian Mumbai province proposed a few resolutions for themselves both within the province and within the context of South Asia. As per the observations, a few suggestions emerged with regard to overhauling the time-table framework of the Congress, the production and dissemination of animation notes to all the Salesian communities, a social media/digital presence to enable greater reflection and highlight the contributive aspect of the Coadjutor Salesian over the years and if possible a prayer for the fruitfulness for the Brothers Congress.

At the end of the two-day workshop, the Coadjutors expressed their sincere appreciation to the host community at Kapadvanj and their indebtedness to the facilitator for a genuine self-appraisement and focussed furthering of the complementary Salesian presence as a powerful witness of fidelity and service. Reflecting on the workshop, Brother Titus said, "This was a wonderful moment for us to come together and focus on the concerns as expressed by the congregation and as felt by us as we work in various capacities." Brother Ramesh said, "We are always discussing on various issues, it has been happening for years; perhaps now it is time to upgrade ourselves reflecting on the way forward in these competitive times through animation and determined efforts to be relevant to the modern youth." Brother Anthony Manickam said, "We are a group of people who have always focussed on work. It is time to be also catechists, faith-formators and spiritual guides who are model witnesses to daily spirituality and thus bring our boys and girls to the faith."

These two days of reflection and sharing has boosted the brothers to rise up, support, encourage, enable and accompany each other in the endeavour to be faithful witnesses of the Salesian Coadjutor Vocation.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BIS #5312 SALESIAN FAMILY OUTREACH PROGRAMME

by Jacinta D'Souza

DAHANU, FEB 20, 2018: Fifty three members of the Salesian family, from the Mumbai province, including Cooperators, Past Pupils and ADMA members participated in an outreach programme to Dahanu on February 17.


The Salesian sisters of Auxilium, Dahanu welcomed the gathering, before the holy Eucharist was celebrated by Father Diego Nunes, the delegate. He enlightened the gathering on the day's Gospel regarding Levi, the tax collector, who encountered Jesus and experienced a change of heart. The encounter was so profound that he became a follower of Jesus and left everything. 

Following holy Mass the gathering beat the heat by heading for the beach. Following lunch, Father Nunes addressed the gathering about several points discussed at the south zonal conference at Nuzvid. He stressed the need to be present at the meetings both at council and local levels. He added that the members should also actively participate not only in the activities but also spiritual formation. He congratulated the new Cooperators of Ahmednagar and a silver jubilarian present.

In the evening, the gathering visited the Warli tribe of Merpada. Sister Mangal spoke in detail of the courses like nursing which are being organised by the sisters in Auxilium. Father Nunes spoke about the various courses which included mechanic, electrical, carpentry for boys held at Chinchwad, Chakan and Kurla. The next day the gathering heard holy Mass at Our Lady of Dolours.

In his homily, the celebrant spoke of the temptations of Jesus, saying that Jesus was as human as we are. After breakfast a group of about 110 children visited the convent and interacted with the gathering from Mumbai. Sister Catherine, the FMA delegate, then spoke about the minutes held at Nuzvid and decisions made by the national delegate regarding active participation at meetings and responsibilities of office bearers.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

BIS #5311 MOTHER MARY UNITES THE PARISH

by Wilfred Vaz

KUWAIT, FEB 16, 2018: Given that 2017 marked the centenary year for the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, Bishop Camillo Ballin, Apostolic Vicar for the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia (AVONA) had dedicated the year 2017-18 to our Blessed Mother. The Marian year ended with a con-celebrated festive liturgy on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, at the Church of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Salmiya, Kuwait.

Our Lady had urged the little shepherds in Fatima in 1917 to, "Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war." Following her cue, the community in the North Arabian Vicariate spent the year celebrating Our Mother with the recitation of the Rosary before the weekday Masses, putting up informative text and pictures on a monthly basis on the life of Mother Mary and the taking Our Lady's image to almost all the homes in the Parish.

The Festive Mass began with the parish council members arriving in procession from the courtyard to the church with the statue of Mother Mary carried by Wilfred Vaz, parish council coordinator.

During the homily, which was based on the Gospel reading, the Celebrant, Father Francisco Pereira urged the laity to rid themselves of the spiritual leprosy that decays us from within thereby taking us away from God. "Mother Mary draws us closer to God," he said.

The Readings were done in different ethnic languages, and also the hymns were sung in different languages.

The highlight of the liturgical celebration was when the members of the Small Christian Communities came out from the pews and pasted one area each, of the parish's eight geographical areas, at the feet of Mother Mary. This act re-affirmed the consecration of the parish to the Blessed Mother.

"The Marian Year was a time of deep grace, filled with the presence of Mother Mary in my family and home," Lucy Almeida, a parishioner, said.

A choir member, Therese D'Souza, added, "The sight of the statute of Mother Mary being brought in procession in the church filled me with deep solace that Mother Mary is here to dwell permanently in our church, hearts and homes."

"Participating in the multi-lingual Eucharistic celebration was an overwhelming expression of mutual love, forgiveness and grace," Hudson Fernandes, of the Small Christian Communities, reflected. "The closing Mass in multi-languages made it evident that our parish is one big family; we should do this more often thereby fostering unity and family spirit," Stany Sanctis, a minister, added.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

BIS #5310 ANNUAL DAY THEMED ON SAVING ENVIRONMENT

by Father Rolvin D'Mello

VADODARA, FEB 10, 2018: Over 500 students participated in the 14th Annual Day of Don Bosco Roshni in Vadodara on the theme, 'Save trees, save life' on February 4.

The programme, held under the aegis of 'Children Education Project' was supported by Manos Unidas, Spain. The event began at 5.45 pm when children from slums assembled at Don Bosco School, Baroda. Michelle Ganeshani, the Principal - Podar International School, was the Guest of Honour. The other guests were Father Anthony Pinto, Rector and Principal of Don Bosco School – Baroda and a number of other dignitaries and well-wishers. 

Jagruti Patil, the coordinator of Roshni, welcomed the participants and introduced the guests. In her address, Ganeshani highlighted the leverage that Don Bosco can give to children. Special gifts were given to 25 children, who attended 'support classes' without missing a single day. 

There were many cultural events like plays, dances, songs in the course of the event. Vasana slum children even danced to the tune of Hindi film songs. "It was such a thrilling experience for me to attend this annual day. I really enjoyed myself," Karan Baria, a standard seven student, said. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BIS #5309 DON BOSCO SHINING

by BIS Correspondent 

MUMBAI, FEB 6, 2018: Youth from Wadala-based Shelter Don Bosco participated in a throw ball and football competition on January 31 to mark the Feast of Saint Don Bosco.
 
Celebrations began early, as four teams of the house, namely, Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar and Kalam vied for top honours on the sports field. Following the competition, the boys attended Holy Mass in Hindi along with the staff at 5pm.

In his homily, Father Pratap Damor told the boys about Don Bosco and his faith in Divine Providence through which he could fulfil his dreams and do things which seemed impossible for people during his time.  

After Holy Eucharist, it was time for 'Bosco Nite', which consisted of paper puzzles and a quiz on Don Bosco. A song competition followed, with teams composing songs for Don Bosco. The teams enjoyed the games and competed hard to win at Bosco Nite and gain maximum points. Father Roshan Gonsalves finally declared 'Team Gandhi' with 226 points as the winner of Bosco Nite.

Father Gregory Almeida, the Rector, said to the boys, "It was the super blue blood moon night and the moon is going to shine extra bright. This occurs once in 150 years. But Don Bosco shines brightly on us every day through his Salesian family and their works."

BIS #5308 PREPARATORY MEETING FOR THE 13th BOSCOREE

by Brother Bosco Carvalho 

MUMBAI, FEB 6, 2018: As preparation for the upcoming 13th Boscoree event, slated to begin on December 30, 2018, the Bombay Province Boscoree committee, under the leadership of the Vice Provincial, Father Savio Silveira, organised a meeting for the fathers, brothers and sisters on January 3, at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, to take stock of the preparation for the mega event.

Salesian institutions in India have historically celebrated the Boscoree once every four years since 1974. This edition of the Boscoree is being hosted by the Salesian Mumbai Province, and will take place at Nashik from December 30, 2018 to January 3, 2019.

Various committee members, including confreres and sisters who would assume the role of sub-camp chiefs and assistant sub-camp chiefs, were present for the meeting, which began with the recitation of the prayer for the Boscoree and viewing of a video song entitled 'Who I'm meant to be'.

Father Silveira welcomed the gathering and thanked them for their presence. He highlighted that the purpose of the meeting was to get an overview of the forthcoming Boscoree, finalising on certain aspects related to the same and to ensure that preparations would be done well in advance.

He stressed that this Salesian event ought to have a celebratory and festive atmosphere. Recalling the two previous Boscorees hosted by the Bombay province, Father Silveira urged special care with respect to catering and cordiality towards the scouts and guides. He said that the meeting would be divided into three segments – discussion on the programme, catering and the venue.

Father Glenford Lowe, Rector of Don Bosco Provincial House and Boscoree programme committee member, began by stating that, "Boscoree is no laughing matter" and that preparations ought to be done well in advance. Besides introducing the Boscoree core team, he went through the schedule of Boscoree from the first day till the end. He enlisted all the major responsibilities along with those who would shoulder the various tasks. Certain issues that needed attention were discussed, clarified and a consensus was taken.

Father Gregory Almeida, the Rector of Don Bosco Shelter, Wadala and Boscoree catering committee member, then presented a tentative menu for the entire camp. Suggestions with respect to placement of the kitchen, counters and menu were made. Father Anthony Fonseca, Principal of Don Bosco School, Nashik and Boscoree venue committee member, presented the entire layout of the camp site. He also added a list of the budget, responsibilities to be undertaken and requirements to be seen to. Confreres and sisters made suggestions for better functioning of the camp.

Father Silveira then informed the gathering about the way forward as an outcome of the meeting. He said, "All the sub-camp chiefs and assistant sub-camp chiefs would necessarily have to attend an Advanced Scouting Course either in March or April to get fully equipped and ready in the true scouting spirit. The next meeting would be in September." Finally, he thanked the three speakers for their presentation as well as all the stake holders present for their useful suggestions.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

BIS #5307 LEARNING THROUGH SERVICE

by Royal D'Souza

PALGHAR, FEB 5, 2018: Fifty six National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers and four staff members from Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT) attended a six-day NSS camp entitled 'Technology for Social Change' at Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS), Walwanda, Palghar district from January 25 to 30.  
 
The volunteers were divided into groups of five and each group shared lunch, breakfast and dinner at the houses of the villagers, in a bid to experience the life and culture in the villages. On the first day, the group was welcomed at the BSVS campus in the traditional way of putting a tilak on the forehead and wearing a Gandhi topi on the head.

The volunteers were then divided into groups, named: Survey team, Teaching team, Painting team and Compost team. Father Rixon Nigrel gave them a brief orientation about the campus and shared a message on unity, willingness and family life.  The students were then assigned duties of survey, teaching, painting and compost. The day ended with the cultural activity organised by the painting group.

On the second day, January 26 - Republic Day, all volunteers went to a school for the flag hoisting programme. Father Leon Cruz, Don Bosco Centre for Learning administrator, visited the camp and brought sweets for the students. The volunteers then started their activities for the day.

The Survey team was tasked with conducting a survey in Walwanda, Sadakpada and Fanaspada from Walwanda village, asking villagers about their daily problems and living conditions. In the survey questionnaire, villagers were asked on sanitation, chulla and mobile connectivity.   

The Teaching group was tasked with teaching school children, ITI students and class 10 students. The main task of the Painting group was to spread awareness in the campus by depicting various messages like 'Knowledge is Power', 'Do not Drink and Drive' , 'Save water, Save the World'. The Compost team went about collecting material for making compost.


On the third day, volunteers were asked to stay for two days and a night with the college students and their families of Jawahar, to understand their life and the various struggles faced by them. The primary aim of the activity was not just to understand their problems, but also to find solutions for the same. The DBIT students have invited the Jawhar college students to stay with their families on February 27 and 28 on the occasion of DBIT Technical Festival. 

All volunteers headed back to the campus in Walwanda on the fourth day. They shared their experience with the group at large. The day ended with the cultural activity organised by the compost group.

On the fifth day, Dr Prasanna Nambiar, Principal of DBIT and Dr Krishnamoorthi, Principal Advisor, DBIT, visited the camp site and interacted with the students. At noon, all volunteers had a session on 'Social problems and role of youth' which was conducted by Prakash Wagh and Pradeep.  

The evening was lit up by the camp fire barbecue party and cultural activities. There were three groups formed, namely a cooking team, camp fire setup team and cultural team. Each group did their part in making the programme a success.  On the final day, a survey of the villages was taken and other groups completed their tasks.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

BIS #5306 HIGHLIGHTING DON BOSCO’S PREVENTIVE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION

by Father Solomon Rapol

MUMBAI, FEB 3, 2018: Don Bosco’s ‘Preventive System of Education’ formed the crux of celebrations at Bosco Boys Home, Borivli, on January 31, as students, staff and management gathered to celebrate the feast of Saint Don Bosco, the founder of the Salesians.

The solemn Eucharist was celebrated by Mumbai Provincial Economer, Father Manuel Murzello, who dwelt on ‘Don Bosco's belief of cheerfulness’, in his sermon. He started his oration with the life and times of the Founder and Father of youth- Saint John Bosco and his struggles and achievements in serving marginalised youth in society.

Father Murzello was astonished by the prompt answers from all the boys to his questions related to the life of Saint John Bosco. He highlighted the ‘Essence of Don Bosco's Preventive System of Real education’, which is fundamentally based on three pillars: reason, religion and loving-kindness and he urged all the youngsters to reach out to those less fortunate in the society. “In this way the mission of Don Bosco would continue to spread around the globe,” he said.

Father Murzello also highlighted that the concept of ‘Right to Education’ was the brainchild of Saint John Bosco and was implemented by him 150 years ago - ‘that all youth have a right to education and no one should be deprived of basic education’.

He gave an example of Bartolomew, a 16 year old youth who was illiterate and was rejected by society but accepted by Saint John Bosco for his simple gift of whistling. This acceptance became a turning point in the life Bartolomew which boosted his self-esteem.

After the Eucharistic celebration, a range of games for all the boys and housie for Salesian Cooperators and well-wishers was conducted. A jam session followed and added to the celebratory mood.

BIS #5305 SKILLING THE YOUNG

by Father Bento D'Souza

KARJAT, FEB 3, 2018: A Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS) led training programme for 75 Adivasi youth from an Ashram school in Mangaonvadi, Maharashtra ended on February 1, with the youth from standard nine adding to their skill sets in stitching, Refrigeration and Air conditioning (RAC) and basic electrical know how.  

The youth from the school, located 19 kilometres from DBYS, on the Neral Matheran road, began the course on November 16, with two DBYS instructors, namely Ganesh Bhopi and Sandeep Gaikwad visiting their institution every Thursday, Friday and Saturday to impart RAC and electrician skills, while Kavita More taught 25 girls stitching and gave classes in fashion designing.     

The youth felt that the new skills would help them join the Government ITI. The girls used their skills to make curtains, carry bags and clothes. Some of the students who completed the apprenticeship training said that if they did not get entrance into the Government ITI, they would come to DBYS Karjat.

BIS #5304 UNITED IN DON BOSCO

by Father Bernard Fernandes

MUMBAI, FEB 3, 2018: On the occasion of the feast of Saint John Bosco, the staff communities of Don Bosco High School, Matunga and Don Bosco International School, Matunga, numbering around 200, came together on January 31 to celebrate their patron saint and founder.
 
Festivities began with the holy Eucharist being celebrated in Crypt of the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna at 10.30 am. Father Crispino D'Souza, the Rector, presided over the holy Eucharist. He was joined by the Principal, Father Bernard Fernandes and Administrator, Father Roy Noronha, who were the concelebrants.

In his homily, Father D'Souza dwelt on the lives of different Salesians who impacted his life during his impressionable years, from standard eight onwards, and helped him become a good Salesian. He said that it was Don Bosco – whom he never saw and met in his life – that he encountered in these Salesians, and he welcomed all to be living witnesses of the father and founder Don Bosco.

Following holy Mass, a series of games were organised by Father Leon Rodrigues with his team of youth. Camaraderie and laughter, friendly chats, 'naughty' sidestepping of the rules of the party games, dancing, an appetising meal were some of the fond memories of the day. 

"I am so glad to be associated with the management and our core team in the platinum jubilee year of our school. The culmination of our jubilee was so fitting - the coming together of two families! A memorable one for all of us. A new beginning to a great future," Anita Phillip, DBHS supervisor, said.

Christina Mascarenhas, another senior DBHS supervisor quipped, "The beginning of something good. It was indeed a happy meeting place for the two staff communities and the members couldn't wait for the next reunion to happen."

Meena Saldanha, Principal of DBIS, put it succinctly, "It's time we come together for our outings and educational programmes."

Thursday, February 1, 2018

BIS #5303 THE DON BOSCO QUIZ

by Father Bento D'Souza

KARJAT, FEB 1, 2018: Student and trainees of Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS) in Karjat participated in a quiz competition on the life and history of Don Bosco on January 30.

Students were divided into four groups and they prepared themselves by studying the hundred odd questions and answers presented to them on the life and times of the Founder and Father of youth- Saint John Bosco. Brother Alex Carvalho was the Quiz Master.

Each round of the quiz had different formats and points allotted. The first round had ten points allotted, the second 15 points, with the possibility of a pass option. In the third round, each of four participants answered ten questions and received ten marks each and a total of forty points.

The fourth round was the true and false round, with ten points up for grabs. In the rapid fire round, ten questions were asked and points assigned to each correct answer. The buzzer round took place on mobile phones with the first ring getting to answer. 

The next round was the double or quits round with thirty marks allotted. The one with the right answer, bagged sixty points and the last round was a general round with ten points allotted. 

The welders group bagged 250 points in total, while the Refrigeration and Air conditioning group claimed 190 points, the MGL group got 80 points and the electricians got 40 points.  

BIS #5302 MEDIA EDUCATION TO EMPOWER WOMEN

by Father Rolvin D'Mello

MUMBAI, FEB 1, 2018: Working on its mission of empowering Self-Help Group (SHG) women from the slums, the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organised a two-day workshop on 'short film making' using a mobile phone for nearly 100 women from various Mumbai-based SHG's on January 27 to 29.
 
Father Christopher Valentino, in-charge of Jyoti Bhavan, was the resource person for the workshop. Father Rolvin D'Mello, Executive Director – DBDS, welcomed the participants and introduced Father Valentino. He explained that DBDS has completed 10 years of service in helping uplift the slum dwellers of Mumbai.

The film-making seminar would help women create their own media to bring about awareness about the development work being done. Father D'Mello also made an announcement about the 'video competition' to be held during International Women's Day celebration in March 2018.
 
At the workshop, Father Valentino briefed the participants about the seven different types of shots that could be taken using a mobile camera. They were told about the many angles and movements, including zoom in and zoom out options, panorama and editing. The various types of video makers that can be used to shoot videos was also explained.

The women were given hands on experience in shooting short films. They were educated about the different versions of Android operating system and the latest versions available in the market. The participants were made aware of the importance of megapixels of the mobile camera.

"We all have mobile phones but were not aware of the features and the process of shooting photos and videos. However, thanks to DBDS, now we are confident of doing a better job at shooting pictures using our phones" Geeta Khandare, a participant, said.