Careers expo aims to empower

2016-08-18 06:00
Ndoda Yaga, from iThemba LABS addressing reverend Ntobeko William, Bongiwe Ntoyanto, Khanyiswa Qupana, Asavela Tibisono, Samila Ngxameleni, Bathandwa Mxaku, Okuhle Maseti and Hlelo Cengani, president of the Youth Association, during the career exhibition at St William Bottoman Memorial Circuit, Khayelitsha, on Saturday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Ndoda Yaga, from iThemba LABS addressing reverend Ntobeko William, Bongiwe Ntoyanto, Khanyiswa Qupana, Asavela Tibisono, Samila Ngxameleni, Bathandwa Mxaku, Okuhle Maseti and Hlelo Cengani, president of the Youth Association, during the career exhibition at St William Bottoman Memorial Circuit, Khayelitsha, on Saturday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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The Youth Association of St William Bottoman Memorial Circuit hosted about 250 learners from 11 local high schools in Career Exhibition Expo on Saturday.

The event focused mostly on encouraging learners to consider taking courses in maths and science when they get to tertiary institutions.

Representatives from different institutions like the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the University of Western Cape (UWC), the University of Cape Town (UCT), University of Stellenbosch (US), False Bay College, SA Air Force, Traffic Department, Department of Labour and Department of Home Affairs addressed the learners.

Hlelo Cengani, president of the Youth Association of the church, said the aim for the first annual event was to let learners know about opportunities available in tertiary institution such as bursaries and for them to choose a well informed career path.

“Maths and science is our focus point. We realised that most learners from poor backgrounds do not get much information as opposed to former Model C schools, which is why we decided to organise this career exhibition.

It will change the way they think and the way they see things.

We believe that the church can play a good role in empowering the community. We do not want the learners to lose hope,” Cengani said.

Bathandwa Mxaku, a Grade 9 learner from Sizimisele Technical High School, said the career exhibition was good for them as it made them aware about the subjects that they need to do in order to follow their career path.

Bongiwe Ntoyanto, Grade 9 learner from Groenvlei High School, said the career exhibition was informative.

“The information I got here will help me to know the career field that I need to choose. I want to be a pilot, because I like flying objects. I like maths,” Ntoyanto said.

Learners came from schools such as Uxolo High School, Sizimisele High School and Intlanganiso High School.

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