A GROUP of Walmer High pupils are creating a voice for the youth of the Walmer Township while learning valuable skills through a publication within Masifunde’s Learn4Life programme.
The bi-annual magazine, titled Walmer’s Own, is facilitated by Simone Strobel, a German PR and fundraising volunteer, and Racheal Chikadaya, a PR coordinator.
The aim of the publication is to equip the pupils with writing skills and research techniques needed to practise journalism.
In addition to the theoretical lessons, the group members will also learn the responsibilities that come with journalistic reporting and publishing.
“The pupils hope to transfer knowledge they have had access to onto the rest of the community,” Strobel said.
Strobel runs regular meetings with the group to discuss their stories and to focus on a theoretical aspect of journalistic reporting such as structuring of articles or how to conduct interviews.
The next issue will be a special edition about crime prevention and safety for the “Youth for Safer Communities” project.
This project is an initiative between Masifunde Learner Development and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) where the Grade 10 to 12 Learn4Life pupils will run 40 workshops for Grade 10 pupils in 25 schools around Nelson Mandela Bay.
“The magazine will focus on crime and violence prevention, community safety as well as the importance of perceived safety.
“It will be a practical referral guide filled with information, stories and interviews relevant for the youth,” Strobel said.