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title:
African assignment: the story of IPI's six-year training programme in tropical Africa
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1969
place:
Zürich
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75 p.
collation:
illustr.
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"The reader of these pages may sense what amounts to deep uneasiness underlying the words of the author — the uneasiness Frank Barton felt at the enormity of the task he and IPI undertook in Africa. His story of a six-year undertaking which was sometimes thrilling and sometimes sheer uphill slogging is told with simplicity of style and personal modesty of approach, but through it shines the sort of desperate affection he feels for the continent he knows so well. Having made his career in African journalism, Barton, first as chief lecturer and then as director, becarne the driving force of the programme für training English-speaking African journalists which Tom Hopkinson inaugurated in 1963. What Barton mentions very little and even seems deiiberately to hide, is his own leading part in the conception and operation of this programme. As an open-hearted man who knew how to translate into simple and direct terms the love of Africa which moves hirn, he was an incomparable animator of the scheme and it rests with the Director of IPI to say this with gratitude. In cold statistics, what the IPI training programme achieved in a continent of the size of Africa is srnall indeed. But the figures should not conceal from those who do not know Africa and have never lived there what patience, imagination and resourcefulness was necessary to bring together 311 students from 18 African countries and to instil into them the rudiments of modern journalism ..." (foreword by Ernest Meyer, director IPI)
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100:10-Cooperation 1969


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