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Students Train For Jobs In Electronic Media Field
November 10, 2006

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--Ten students with disabilities won public praise in Bua News Monday after successfully completing a month-long course in television production through the National Electronic and Media Institute of South Africa.

The students are the first group of up to 200 people with disabilities who are to be trained in electronic media studies, including radio production, website design, and computer animation, through the government's Office on the Status of Disabled Persons.

The initiate is designed to help people with disabilities to become more productive members of society, while affecting how the media world views disability.

"We really appreciate that finally our government has realized that as disabled people we also have dreams," said 23-year-old student Dumile Gumede.

"Disabled students get chance to join media industry" (BuaNews)


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