Top Angel Schools, Surulere, Lagos State, last week visited Rutam House, the corporate head-office of The Guardian newspaper, to get a hands-on experience of newspaper production.
The students, who visited alongside their teachers, were shown around the company premises and taught the different stages and processes involved in newspaper production from newsgathering to printing and circulation.
Shiyanbola Babayemi, the school administrator, who lead the students on the learning tour, said: “We wanted our students to know more about The Guardian newspaper and how they have been able to stay in the business of newsgathering for 34 years, particularly for aspiring writers to learn how they can be part of the mainstream mass medium.
“We have learnt so much with what we have seen today. I have also learnt some things I can pass to others, one if which is citizens’ journalism, how we can report ourselves and communities and also alert The Guardian to things happening around us; for instance, the common molestations of citizens by security agencies.”
A student of the school, Emmanuel Gbemisola, thanked The Guardian for the opportunity to learn outside of the class. He said: “One of the things we are taking home from here is the fact that as a child, we have laws and rights protecting us; and we can report any infringement of these rights by anybody to the nearest security agents.
“Another interesting thing we learnt is the Smart Tutorial of The Guardian published every Friday where students can learn anything from Mathematics, Government, History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics among others. This is a good development, including the Sunday publication of Kid entrepreneurs where kids with talents can showcase themselves.”