The Strive Press club was started to support students’ studies in school and help them develop a strong grasp of reading and writing through journalism. Taught by Abraham Boimah and Varmah Kamara, both in the press industry in Liberia themselves.
Over the course of 8 months, the students have the chance to learn modern journalistic techniques, photojournalism, interview skills, how to fact check, and public speaking.
Abraham Boimah says,
“We have started this program to help students gain a better understanding of how to read and write through the art of journalism.”
With Facebook being the primary source of news and information, learning these skills from an early age not only helps students grasp the foundational skills needed to become a journalist, but also provides an understanding and some tips around how to become a conscious consumer of information. As more and more news sources enter the fray, many of them lacking credibility and objectivity, this is a key focus for people anywhere in the world.
While the club is geared towards students and young adults, it has attracted a cohort with a wide variety of skill sets and levels. The teachers have developed the program with this in mind, ensuring their activities are geared to help get everyone up to speed on their reading and writing.
Throughout the program, the students will learn and refine their journalistic skills, ultimately working towards a live broadcast on the local radio station at the end of the term.