Heart Health Namibia

Your Heart. Your Choice

A Learning Curve

Over the two weeks of UniCamp, two students from the department of Journalism, Media and Culture (myself and Shazia Ali) will be working with a group of secondary school students to create the written and video content you see on this website. We will be introducing them to an entirely new world of learning which encompasses the construction of information distribution that is constantly going on around them.  While it is still early in the two weeks I can already say that it is a pleasure to get to know and teach these children. They have an unbelievable amount of passion and enthusiasm for learning and it feels great to share with them a subject they have not encountered before. Journalism is a subject with a multitude of variety and it is my hope that each of the children in my workshops find an area of passion to unleash. While it is a new subject to them, it also makes links with basic skills and subjects they will have already such as English. We hope that the children in our workshops can create entertaining and informative pieces of written and video work that they are proud to display on this website for spreading awareness of heart health.

Alongside this, we have been fortunate enough to gain enormous support from The University of Namibia and local media outlets. The children in the journalism workshops will get the opportunity to attend a press conference with members of the Namibian health board and run a regular segment on their local radio station on a weekly basis. These elements of physical learning will further enhance the learners understanding of journalism and media in the 21st century.

The project is proving to not only be a learning curve for the disadvantaged students at JA Nel School but also an enormous cultural and emotional learning curve for myself and the nine other Cardiff students. It becomes quickly evident when visiting schools such as JA Nel the amount of students simply happy to have the opportunity to learn, and how easily such a small group of university students can provide these young learners with skills and encouragement that have the possibility of carrying them further in life.  If anything, the ten Cardiff students involved in UniCamp are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity of travelling across the world and giving such a small piece of their time to children who will inspire them in return.

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