MEC Chiloane launches school of specialization with focus on media and communication.

Gauteng MEC for Education Matome Chiloane has officially launched yet another school of specialization in the province.

The Letsibogo Math, Science, and ICT School of Specialization, which is the 23rd school of specialization in the province, will mainly focus on media and communication.

Letsibogo Girls Maths Science & ICT School of Specialization, a girls-only black township school located in the heart of Soweto in Meadowlands Zone 3, has been a school of choice for many girls from underprivileged backgrounds, some of whom are from the nearby hostels. Consistent with the Gauteng Government’s political program of improving the living standards in townships, informal settlements, and hostels (TISH), the department will proceed unhindered to launch more of our SOSs in TISH areas.

Learners dressed in their neat blue and white uniforms welcomed the dignitaries with harmonious music, while others showcased their different media skills to keep guests amazed, who included Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature Ntombi Mekgwe.

In his keynote address, MEC Chiloane stated that the design, types, and location of each school of specialization will closely link to and support the five economic development corridors set out in the province as part of the transformation, modernization, and reindustrialization of the province.

“Letsibogo Girls School of Specialization will focus on media and communication. We are living at a time when digital technologies have essentially permeated all sectors of the economy, shaping the very texture of our everyday lives. The establishment of such an SOS, located in the broader context of a country, whose skills development landscape needs to abruptly change”.
“The significance of communication and media cannot be overemphasized. Media messages convey important influences and information. Print media, TV, radio, and, to a greater extent, social media are all important sources of basic information about other people and other places. This can help engender understanding if presented in a fair, even-handed, and non-inflammatory way”, said Chiloane.
MEC Chiloane added that the media plays the most informative role in our society and is very integral to mass communication. It has various forms, such as the internet, through which we can get updated news about the world in our grasp just with a click of a finger.
“In our daily lives, communication helps us build relationships by allowing us to share our experiences and needs and by helping us connect to others. It’s the essence of life, allowing us to express feelings, pass on information, and share thoughts. We all need to communicate.”

“The rationale behind the focus, is to expose learners to media and communication beyond just the usage of social media. We are not discounting social media, as it has its role in sharing information and influencing people around the globe. It is important for learners to become acquainted with the pros and cons of media and communication. They need exposure to the arena of media and communication to become the next generation of reporters, journalists, and presenters. The grooming starts here and now”, added Chiloane 
MEC further indicated that this is the second school to be launched this year. “What a milestone! We wish all the learners the best as they get an opportunity to showcase their talents and receive high-quality education on their doorstep”, concluded Chiloane.

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