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COSTA RICA: Youth prep for film festival

Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival

CEDES Don Bosco launches training sessions to encourage participation

(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Salesian Education Center (CEDES Don Bosco) in San José, Costa Rica, has organized a series of training sessions to encourage students to participate in the upcoming Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival. Teachers want to ensure students have the necessary tools to make their videos.

The training was offered by Julio Zúñiga, assistant of the Club House and a graphic designer with extensive experience in multimedia production. Zúñiga provided audiovisual resources and taught techniques to create shots, manage light effects and to focus on different planes, underlining the importance of maintaining the thematic context. Retouching and editing photos, along with videos and film techniques, were also covered.

Michelle Marchena, environmental manager of CEDES Don Bosco, spoke to youth about how to combat climate change. The goal was to raise students’ awareness of the festival’s theme, “I have a dream! Young people and climate change.”

A Salesian explained, “The training, which was organized by the CEDES Don Bosco’s Department of Social Communication, encouraged the students to participate in the film festival and helped them get ready to do so. In 2021, CEDES Don Bosco won an award at the festival thanks to our student Nazareth Cascante, who also recently sent a motivational video to the students encouraging them to participate.”

According to the World Bank, more than 1.14 million Costa Ricans live in poverty, which is more than 21% of the population. In addition, poor Costa Ricans are more likely to live in a single-mother household and have a higher-than-average number of children under age 5, as well as other dependents living in the same home. Dependents include children under age 14 or adults over age 65. More than 77% of poor Costa Ricans work in the informal sector and have roughly three years less schooling than their peers who are not living in conditions of poverty.

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ANS – Costa Rica – CEDES Don Bosco prepares students for the Don Bosco Global Youth Film Festival (DBGYFF 2024)

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World Bank – Costa Rica

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