Intercultural communication with DEKOM (formerly ViDOFON)

Using a Sony PCS-1 video conferencing system from DEKOM (formerly ViDOFON) at missio in Munich and at the Salesian Institute in Cape Town, the International Catholic Mission Society and the Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit (Bavarian Centre for Political Education) enable pupils from Bavaria to talk to South Africans of the same age.

19.12.2007 -

Using a Sony PCS-1 video conferencing system from DEKOM (formerly ViDOFON) at missio in Munich and at the Salesian Institute in Cape Town, the International Catholic Mission Society and the Bayerische Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit (Bavarian Centre for Political Education) enable pupils from Bavaria to talk to South Africans of the same age.

The Salesian congregation provides training places, pastoral care and social integration opportunities for street children and young people threatened by poverty, domestic violence, drugs or criminality.

Video conferencing gives the young people the opportunity to get to know each other and talk one-on-one about their living situations and attitudes to religion, school and society. “Intercultural dialogue encourages us to reflect on our own self-image and lifestyle, and strengthens our capacity for tolerance and empathy,” explains missio president Father Eric Englert (OSA). “We view video conferencing as a way of imparting Christian values such as solidarity and compassion for our fellow humans in a way that appeals to young people.”

The innovative educational opportunity is aimed particularly at secondary and vocational schools from the 9th grade and all Bavarian vocational training centres.

The International Catholic Mission Society missio supports the Catholic Church in over 100 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, particularly by educating Church workers. Through more than 2,700 projects, missio also finances the construction of Church infrastructure so that people can meet and share their faith with each other.