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Courage to Express: Literary Week, CTC

CTC students performing a special number. (Inset) Chief Guest Geoffrey Yaden, Editor Nagaland Post.
Aolichen(MKg) :
Published on 27 Aug. 2008 12:14 AM IST
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Nestled atop Aolichen near Ungma village in Mokokchung district, Clark Theological College, the premier theological institute in the entire region, observed Literacy Week from August 21 to 23 through various programmes. Besides academic and spiritual activities, the CTC seeks to provide ample opportunities for holistic development of the student. These programmes include development of skills in music, sports, creative writing and other extra curricular activities. Clark regularly conducts academic colloquiums with University students and also leadership potentials by giving leadership development skills through the Clark Centre for Leadership Development (CCLD). Since the last couple of years, Clark has begun to create more space for literary expressions by conducting Literary Week from August 21-23. The rationale behind this is to make students avail opportunities for the growth of the innate literary and artistic qualities in the students. This year's literary week was focused on the theme 'Sapere Aude' (to have the courage). The main highlights of the week included Essay writing contest, Art and painting Competition, Elocution, Quiz, debate and exciting presentations of Moot Court in which the Chief Judge was a real life advocate in the person of Mr. Takuyaba, one of the Senior most advocate in the State. The main feature of the Week, however, was the presence of the Chief Guest Geoffrey Yaden, Editor of Nagaland Post who gave a talk on "the Media: A Christian Perspective." He provided valuable inputs about the media, history of various media, the development and impact on modern civilisation. Highlighting the crucial role of the media, Yaden said "Without media, we would probably be still in the dark age." At the interaction with the participating theological community, he said media has its good and bad sides but it was important to use it for the good of society. He also said though sensationalism used to be a talking point, the media today are handling the issue with due seriousness. On the Christian perspective, Geoffrey said those in the media must be willing to be witnesses for Christ through their dealings and personal life style. He spoke on the need among Christians to be salt and light in various professions and be channels for reformation of society. He also spoke on the need among Christians to complement each other so as to make a difference. On his success as an Editor, he spelled out that the secrets were "determination, discipline and trust."

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