Illovo Primary hosts career day

2015-10-14 06:00
Illovo Primary School teacher, Marlene Harold Ramulu (left) welcomes Pastor Kuben Govender (second, left), Shereen Cecil (accountant) and Sandra Govender (social worker) who addressed pupils on career day. Illovo Primary teacher Ravikumari Subramany

Illovo Primary School teacher, Marlene Harold Ramulu (left) welcomes Pastor Kuben Govender (second, left), Shereen Cecil (accountant) and Sandra Govender (social worker) who addressed pupils on career day. Illovo Primary teacher Ravikumari Subramany

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ILLOVO Primary School held a career­ day recently. Children experienced success­ first-hand when past pupils visited­ and told them about their successful careers. Among them was an accountant, a pastor and a teacher.

Pupils came dressed up as doctors, nurses, social workers, electronic engineers and journalists, among others. Sandra Govender, senior social worker at Kingsburgh Child Welfare, was a guest speaker and told pupils more about her career, explaining that the job entails everything to do with families and their welfare.

“I firmly believe God has a purpose for each of you. A social worker helps people. You need to like people and to be a good listener. This career has a good and a bad side to it. The good side is when someone wants to adopt a baby­, but it is hard when someone abuses a child and you have to hear their story,” she said.

She told pupils that to become a social worker you need to study for four years. “Social workers can be employed in several industries, for instance at a hospital, where patients need counselling, a drug and alcohol rehab centre­, prison services to inmates and eThekwini Municipality employs social­ workers,” said Govender.

Illovo Primary, initially called the Illovo­ Government Aided Indian School, opened its doors on 5 March, 1951 with three teachers and 180 pupils. It was built by pioneer members of the community with assistance from the Illovo Sugar Mill. Initially started to meet the needs of primary school pupils of the small farming community, it served Indian pupils only. Today, Indian and black pupils enroll. It serves the communities of Inkwali, Mashiwase, Folweni, Umnini, Umgababa, KwaMakhutha, Adams Mission Embokodweni and Illovu.

History was made in January 2006 when the first state black teacher was appointed permanently to teach Zulu. In 2011 the school made history again as it competed in the ATKV Handevat Skole in Suid-Afrika competition when Kuswag nominated it as a beneficiary school.

Pupils came dressed up as doctors, nurses, social workers, electronic engineers and journalists, among others

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