Davao school paper advisers undergo training

By Anthony S. Allada

MORE than a hundred school paper advisers of various public elementary and high schools in the city were gathered in a two-day training to improve and enhance more their skills of campus journalism.

The two-day event dubbed as “Division Training of School Paper Advisers” was held at the Davao City National High School Training Center last September 27 and 28.

The training was conducted free of charge for all participants and was initiated by the Division Association of School Paper Advisers (DASPA) and Active Network of Alternative Educators (ANA-Ed) under executive director Eduardo R. Fernandez with the sponsorship of Motortrade Davao.

Melanie Estacio, Education Program Supervisor (EPS) of the Department of Education-Davao City Division, posed a challenge to all participants to be more aggressive and passionate in giving importance to campus journalism.

“Don’t just think of the competition (referring to the annual Regional and National Schools Press Conference competition). That you can compete in the national level. You go and train your students for life,” Estacio said.

She said that as school paper advisers “you must be resourceful enough to generate funds so that you can come out a quarterly campus publication.”

It has been a practice of every school to come out its own campus paper once a year and for the sake of competition only.

Fernandez, who has been a campus journalism trainor for more than a decade already, said that his group is willing to conduct regular trainings for school paper advisers as well as their students without really thinking immediately of financial matters.

“My group will be the one to source out funds to push through with more campus journalism trainings and seminars,” he said.

He said even the school paper advisers themselves have to be trained because their role is very critical in dealing with their students. (ASA)



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