JOURNALISMIZIKO SPELLS GALLANTRY
By: Nomvula Ndlovu and Bliss Ndapasowa
Drama, poetry, dance and speech.
KwaDabeka’s Ilanga Secondary School showed off their expertise in each of these areas, at the second annual community outreach programme facilitated by the Durban University of Technology’s JournalismIziko team on Friday.
The speech competition was the highlight of the day, and was a product of English language grammar tutorials that were conducted by the editorial team over a four-week period.
With 20 years of democracy as the theme, participants battled it out to display their proficiency in the English language and knowledge of the country’s history.
The event was an entertaining occasion characterised by both curricular and extra-curricular activities that the students and staff participated in.
The school drama team and poets captivated the audience as they delivered pieces that touched on teenage relationships and HIV.
In an interview, HOD Kenneth Khoza expressed his deep gratitude to DUT Journalism for choosing his school as a recipient of these services.
“We appreciate your efforts to exalt our school and our learners. We will get there especially with your help and benevolence,” he said.
He further mentioned that he wishes that the relationship between the school and DUT grows and even asked if it is possible to have the tutoring team available not only close to matric examinations, but also from the beginning of the year.
The event was a community outreach project undertaken by the DUT Journalism Programme as the institution’s Faculty of Arts and Design adopted Ilanga Secondary School as their out-reach partner.
Journalismiziko Chief Editor Maud Blose reiterated that not only did the Ilanga learners benefit, but this was important for DUT students as this initiative teaches them to be selfless.
“Apart from knowing that they have assisted other people, especially in the education role, I think they (Journalism students) grow in terms of being better citizens themselves,” she said.