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31.03.2008 15:08 Age: 11 yrs
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USP runs workshop for budding writers

Sept 4, 06: Nine intermediate and secondary school students aged between 11 and 17 took part in a three-day writing workshop run by University of the South Pacific’s Language Services Centre recently.


Primary and secondary school students from Fiji with their certificates after successfully completing a weeklong writing course at USP.

By Riteshni Singh

Sept 4, 06: Nine intermediate and secondary school students aged between 11 and 17 took part in a three-day writing workshop run by University of the South Pacific’s Language Services Centre recently.

The workshop was organised to train participants to write for the Suva-based teenagers' newspaper, Kaila!, published weekly by the Fiji Times Ltd.

The teenagers belong to an organisation called Kids Link Fiji (KLF), which comes under the direction of the Save the Children fund, a charitable organisation.

The aim of KLF is to “promote child rights and responsibilities, demonstrate the importance of children’s participation and be a voice for the children in Fiji”.

Participant Jasmine Duxbury, 12, a Yat Sen Primary School student, said she had an interesting time. “I learnt to write articles and how to lay out,” she said.

Sheniel Sen, 16, of Dudley High School, said the workshop was educational and gave him some idea about how to write articles in the newspaper.

The students have been allocated space in Kaila! to write on children’s issues. Kaila! won the Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher's Association (PANPA) award for Youth Readers in the under 15,000 circulation category last week.

Workshop instructor Naziah Ali, said the sessions were designed to equip the students with some basic news writing skills. Some newspaper layout principles were also covered, she said

“These students are a very enthusiastic bunch. It was great working with them.” Ms AIi added that the students would go on to write articles based on the convention of the rights of the child as they apply to Fiji.

A guest speaker from the Fiji Human Rights Commission gave ideas on how to find story ideas. The head of the Journalism Division at USP, Shailendra Singh, also gave talk on the elements of a good story.

The acting Head of the School of Language, Arts and Media, Dr France Mugler, presented the students with certificates of completion.

 


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