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How young people in South African schools are telling their own stories.

How young people in South African schools are telling their own stories.

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  • “ A paper for youth by youth”
    • 25% Grade 8 learners “functionally illiterate”
    • 45 total matric exemptions in 7 schools
    • 83 matric exemptions in 1 private school
    • 100 child-headed/at risk households in school of 380
  • Purpose
    • To develop:
    • Culture of reading & writing amongst youth
    • A newspaper reading culture
    • Interschool communication
    • Leadership skills
  • Aims
    • Produce a newspaper written by learners in Grades 8 & 9
    • Create school newspaper clubs
    • Promote multilingualism & integration
    • Provide service learning opportunity for Rhodes students
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    • Publish 10 issues per year
    • 12 page tabloid size
    • Content generated by learners
    • isiXhosa, English & Afrikaans
    • “ magazine style” content
    • 3 000 copies insert in Grocott’s Mail
    • 3 000 copies distributed at schools & libraries
    Format
    • Workshops run by Rhodes students to identify issues affecting youth
    • Creative writing workshops
    • Photographic lessons by Rhodes photojourn students
    • Music workshop to write CD reviews
    • Art workshop to develop visual literacy skills
    • Group work on investigative reporting
    Implementation
    • Problems with schooling
    • Social issues of alcohol abuse, sexual abuse and suicide
    • Lack of nutrition
    Unintended Consequences
    • 1. Taking ownership of their newspaper clubs
    • 2. Using clubs as a platform for self expression sparking new possibilities, enthusiasm, skills’ development, tackling ethical issues and increasing their confidence.
    • 3. Boosting literacy levels and multilingual opportunities
    • 4. Having a sense of responsibility instilled
  • “ Upstart made me realise that journalists must not wait for stories to come to them, but they must go out and find stories in the communities that they serve.”
  • Enkosi