Two students Bessinula Emmanuel, 17 and Suh Ruth, 16 from the Youth Advocacy Network (YAN) have expressed satisfaction after their one-month internship on online communication with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF). Emmanuel and Ruth all promoted to Upper-sixth in Bilingual Grammar School, Buea and Government High School Buea Town respectively were in ERuDeF to put into practice online communication skills acquired at YAN.
In an interview with these two students, they said when coming to ERuDeF, they had as objectives to know how an NGO such as ERuDeF operates, gain skills as well as put into practice online communication skills gained in YAN. Some of these include creating blogs, E-mails, Facebook accounts, podcasts and videos involving interviews.
As a result of their effort to attain these objectives, they had achievements like satisfaction from carrying out research, writing news articles knowing how ERuDeF works, creating email addresses and Facebook pages. Equally they interns testified of now having an edge over their peers as they are now computer literate and can conduct interviews.
The students Ruth and Emmanuel in turn appreciated the Youth Advocacy Network Fellows Josh Nathan and Clara Rowe for leading them into ERuDeF where they have gained skills in e-communication. They urged YAN to continue training young people and linking them to organizations where they could put skills learn into practice.
In the same way the students extended the appreciation to the host organization ERuDeF for the supervision, attention and support showed them while they journeyed through this internship. They added that ERuDeF should give more opportunities to young leaders to get to know issues affecting the environment and how to conserve the environment.
The Youth Advocacy Network is an American NGO that works to enhance the underprivileged by teaching leadership and technology skills to students.