The students attended lectures at NUST to enhance their knowledge of Namibia before they departed to various towns. The classes, facilitated by Emily Brown, Head of the Journalism and Media Technology Department, and Dr Ibo Zimmerman, the Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, covered topics ranging from print media to agricultural matters.
Brown focussed on the coverage of gender matters in the local media and said there is still an imbalance in newspaper reports stemming from the fact that women are not given the platform to voice their concerns on a regular basis. “If journalists do not bring that gender equality to the newsroom, then there is no fairness and balance,” Brown said.
The students, who are expected to produce research projects on a variety of developmental issues such as gender and water management,amongst others, headed to Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb where they engaged with the communities in the two towns.
“This has been a real eye-opening experience for the girls who have been doing extensive research on Namibia,” said Hilde Arnsten, Associate Professor from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, the group leader.