Ratheo learners receive priceless training

Published: June 14, 2010  Author: Juliet King

Ratheo students outside Vega Ratheo students outside Vega

The iSchool Africa World Cup Youth Press Team” will join thousands of local and international journalists in covering the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, which kicks off on June 11.

The Press Team comprises budding journalists from schools across the country, including five learners from Ratheo Intermediate School in the Bakubung community.

iSchoolAfrica issued participating schools with mobile computer laboratories, which include 12 MacBook computers, 12 cameras and a projector.

Using the mobile computer laboratories, learners create and produce content that relates to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. A range of football-related subjects – from Diski dancing and vuvuzelas to team profiles and fan culture – will be covered by the learners.

To get the most out of the experience, learners from Ratheo received training in various production techniques from lecturers at Johannesburg-based brand communications school, Vega.

According to Alex Tasic, a digital navigator at Vega, the learners took full advantage of the training.

“Their enthusiasm was magnificent,” he says. “They ate up all the information and took to the tasks very well.”

The learners’ training has been invaluable and it is evident that they have applied the skills and techniques they learnt at Vega to their iSchoolAfrica 2010 Youth Press Team projects. Tasic says he is “very happy” with the videos the learners have produced, which air daily on M-Net Magic World, DStv channel 112.

Tasic believes the training has had a positive effect on the Ratheo learners. “I believe some of them will want to go into this field,” he explains.

The iSchoolAfrica experience has been a valuable one for Ratheo’s learners. It has facilitated creativity and innovation – and, importantly, offered them the opportunity to realise their journalistic dreams.