With the continued use of newspapers among school going children, career guidance and development will be an interesting idea and an individual chosen idea rather than anybody choosing or forcing them to do something not out of their interest.
This was revealed by teachers during NiE teachers training organised by World Vision in Gulu last week. Teachers revealed that through reading newspapers learners will be exposed to an outside world full of career choices rather than restrictions. Many who read newspapers are well versed with their world.
Ms Catherine Oryem, a head teacher at Laliya Primary School in Gulu District, pointed out that this cannot be achieved unless all education stake holders join hands in educating learners on how effective newspapers could be for their future careers.
“Involving learners in reading activities and guidance will ease career guidance activity as the children will already have a clue about what it entails,” she said.
Ms Oryem said most pupils are well versed with teaching, politics and medical careers as they are the most available careers in their environment, information got from newspapers, which will expose them to a variety of careers.
The Young Readers Manager, Monitor Publications, Ms Charity Byarugaba, noted that papers are a good career guidance tool as they are the only source that exposes learners and the public to various prominent persons in the world with different careers that learners can pick on.
She also revealed that prominent people feature in various articles that should encourage critical thinking and reading.
“Learners need career guidance right from the start to be able to produce people of different capabilities. They get a chance to learn with an open mind without looking down on any career,” said Ms Byarugaba.
The Young Readers Manager also revealed that this can start by children identifying personalities through newspaper pictures and teachers should take a step to advise on the different careers that the personalities hold to help the learners choose wisely.
“Every child has a career because they all look forward to being something in future and newspapers can be a motivation tool to their careers because some articles enlighten on career,” she said.
Another teacher Mr Adolf Lawoko of Lapainat Primary School in his contribution revealed that without guidance learners will always view newspapers as a tool for decoration and wrapping rather than as an education tool.
“The first thing is to give proper information and encourage learners on the benefits of the newspapers so that they can be involved and view it differently,” he said.
World Vision Education Design Monitoring and Evaluation Arthur Agora urged the teachers to embrace the programme and help the country produce people of different careers that will improve the reading culture and improve performance and thus attain the desired dream careers.
“It’s frustrating for a learner to miss out on achieving his dream career because of not performing well when the resources are available,” he said.
Mr Ogora said teachers should effectively use newspapers to help learners achieve their destined dreams and goals because it’s an eye-opener, especially to schools in the rural schools.