Internet, social media prime sources of information for learners

06 Jul 2016 09:30am
WALVIS BAY, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - Learners from some secondary schools in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Luderitz say they learn more from social media, the Internet and socialising than from the classroom.
The learners were speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the third annual Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) Schools Exhibition.
Nine secondary schools from the two costal towns and one from Luderitz are this year competing for the N.dollars 50 000 up for grabs.
The learners said most of the information used to compile presentations for the competition came from the Internet, Facebook, newspapers and television with little from the classrooms.
They however acknowledge that classroom education is needed for them to experience the proper explanation of subject topics and for them to have a better understanding.
The Grade 8 and 9 learners from the tree coastal towns were tasked to create an exhibition depicting their interpretation of the theme, ‘The economic impact the maritime industry has had on trade in Namibia from 1994 to 2016’.
Many groups of five to six learners created 3-dimensional models of the Walvis Bay port and its different sections.
They said they found all the information used in their models through digital media, and not the classroom.
“I prefer reading on my own as I get to understand things better than when I am in class. Reading on my own also teaches me a lot of things I cannot get from the class as sometimes the lessons are restricted to a specific subject, for instance Geography,” said Lusia Gottlieb, a Grade 9 learner from Walvis Bay.
At the end of the four-day exhibition, which started on Tuesday, the team with the best exhibition wins their school a cash prize of N.dollars 50 000.
The second prize is N.dollars 30 000 and third place wins N.dollars 15 000.