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St. Francis Press Club visits The Point

Apr 1, 2011, 3:22 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Thirty students all press club members of St. Francis Basic Cycle school in Kunkujang Mariama yesterday visited The Point Offices along Garba Jahumpa Road in Bakau New Town.

In welcoming the press club members and their teacher coordinators to The Point Office, Mr Nfamara Jawneh, Acting Editor-in-Chief I of The Point Newspaper, briefed the students about the history of the paper. "On behalf of the management and staff of The Point I welcome you all to our offices," he said.

According to him, The Point Newspaper since its establishment in 1991 has been growing gradually despite some challenges. "The Paper in 2006 won an international award in Germany for promoting human rights and democracy," Jawneh told the upcoming journalists. Mr Jawneh explained the functions of various departments and Desks at The Point Newspaper.

"If you want to become great journalists or communication officers in this country and elsewhere you must adopt the culture of reading," he said. Jawneh further encouraged the press club members of St. Francis Basic Cycle to focus on their education and always listen to the news.

Pa Modou Faal, Acting Deputy Editor-in-Chief II, told the press club members that they have started good by establishing a press club in their school. He elaborated on some of the issues highlighted by Mr Jawneh.

The teacher coordinator of the press club, Mr Patrick O. Mendy, also a History and Government teacher at the school, said the press club was formed in 2004 by Mr Sang Mendy, a former teacher of the school.

According to him, the press club has a membership of 40 students both at St. Francis Senior and Upper Basic schools. "The member of the press club read weekly news bulletin during the assembly for at least ten minutes," he said. He thanked The Point for receiving them.

The press club members were later taken on a conducted tour of the various units at The Point Newspaper.