Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The Young Reporters Training Camp (YRTC) , Singapore 2009

The Young Reporters Training Camp (YRTC) is an initiative of the Singapore’s Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) to assist the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) in promoting the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that will be held in Singapore from 14th – 26th August 2010.

The camps aim to promote exchanges in sports, education and culture amongst youth from all around the world. Ultimately, the camps hope to foster the Olympic spirit and values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

Participants were selected from students who are in the FRIENDS@YOG programme initiated earlier by the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC). This twinning concept is for Singapore schools to be twinned with schools around the world. National Junior College Singapore is twinning with Seafield Secondary School, Subang Jaya, Malaysia for the secondary school category. For the primary school category, Zainah 2 Primary School in Kota Bharu, Kelantan is twinned with Raffles Girls Primary School of Singapore.

The Young Reporters Training Camp (YRTC) is for students from schools who are in the FRIENDS@YOG programme. Seafield Secondary School nominated 2 of their students, and Ms Aziem Anthira Binti Abdullah was chosen by MICA to participate in their first training camp.

The following is the report submitted by her:

The Young Reporters’ Training Camp or YRTC is a camp where participants from all around the world come to Singapore and to gain knowledge in the journalism field. There will be a total of four camps between July2009 and September 2009. The best participant from these four camps will be chosen to participate in the coming Youth Olympics Games (YOG) in 2010. I felt honored when I was chosen for the first camp that was held from 1st of July 2009 to 13th July 2009.

1. I have gained a lot of knowledge throughout this camp. I have gained a lot of friends from Botswana, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Libya, Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, and some Singapore students. For my stay here, we went to all the tourist attractions. It was a wonderful experience, riding the Sentosa Luge, The Tiger Sky Tower and we also rode the Duck and Hippo Tours.

2. Apart from all the tourist attractions we also went to some media workshops. The first media workshop that we went was at Ngee Ann Polytechnic where we gained knowledge on doing photo essay. We had to do our own photo-essay and I did photo-essay on Singapore’s public transportation.

3. The second workshop was at Nanyang Polytechnic where we had to do our first stand-upper. The third workshop was at Singapore Media Academy where we did our first Piece-To-Camera. We have gained a lot of knowledge on TV broadcasting from Singapore’s very own TV broadcaster, Cheryl Fox. Our last workshop was at Singapore Press Holdings where we learn about sports journalism and how to capture a good photo.

4. I had also the chance to go to a Singapore school and experience the learning environment there. My friend from Cyprus and I went to Yuan Ching Secondary School, where we participated in the classroom activities and also interacted with some students from the school. The students and also the teachers there were very friendly to us. It was very different from the learning environment in Malaysia.

5. We also had the opportunity to watch the final stages of the Table Tennis competition of the Asian Youth Games that was being held in Singapore from the 29th June to 7th July 200.

6. After going through all those workshops and going to some of the tourist attractions in Singapore, we had to complete our assignment, which I did about my experience in Singapore. It was overall a wonderful experience. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and learn about other people’s cultures and languages. I am thankful that I was chosen to be in this wonderful camp.

This camp would not happen if not for the helpful and friendly MICA staff and Mr. Chua Hong Tam of the Olympic Council of Malaysia for his support during the nomination stages of the Camp.

Report done by,
Participant for the YRTC Camp,

16 JULY 2009

Photo 1: Aziem with Mr Chua (in blue), Latif Zainal (National Junior College – in red), her friend from Trinidad and Tobago and a student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, at the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Photo 2: All of the participants at Sentosa.

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