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I want to be a journalist

Economist sub-editor, Nyasha Nyaungwa (right) took the Grade 7 learners of Otjomuise Primary School on a guided tour of newspaper production. The group also visited the printing works at the Newsprint factory where they saw a demonstration of newspaper printing.

Economist sub-editor, Nyasha Nyaungwa (right) took the Grade 7 learners of Otjomuise Primary School on a guided tour of newspaper production. The group also visited the printing works at the Newsprint factory where they saw a demonstration of newspaper printing.

The Christina Swart-Opperman Aids Orphan Foundation Trust regularly take groups of learners to visit Windhoek businesses to prepare them for career choices they will have to make at the end of Grade 10 or Grade 12. Recently the trust took the Grade 7 learners from Otjomuise Primary School to visit the offices of the Economist and the printing works of Newsprint, the only newspaper printer in the country.
A guided tour through the whole process of a newspaper production was conducted for the children with the Economist sub-editor, Nyasha Nyaungwa explaining how important each and every job is, irrespective of the level of employment. In order to produce a perfect newspaper, each member of the team is essential to the process.
The intention is that when the learners are in Grade 10 a follow-up visit will be made with a view to identify possible careers within the Media industry. Several of the children expressed an interest to join the news fraternity after learning the intricacies of the various careers in media. One boy in particular said he has made up his mind he wants to be a journalist when he leaves school. Another more technically minded said he found the complexity of the printing process intriguing and would like to work as a machine minder.
The group was chaperoned by Mr Niel Husselman who took them to both the newspaper offices and the printing works.

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