Mot is encouraging learnership

2016-02-04 06:00
Norwegian Parliamentary Committee members of Education and Research (back row), Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen (second from left) with COSAT learners and educators.

Norwegian Parliamentary Committee members of Education and Research (back row), Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen (second from left) with COSAT learners and educators.

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The Norwegian Parliamentary Committee on Education and Research, including the Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen, visited the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha on Thursday 28 January 2016. The delegation visited South Africa to learn more about the education and research sector and further cooperation between South Africa and Norway.

MOT started in Norway and was brought to South Africa in 2006, to address the problem of the high drop-out rate of youth from schools. MOT, which is Norwegian for courage, has become a beneficial programme in South Africa, empowering South African youth to make conscious choices for their lives, develop their life-skills and give them courage to care for others in society.

MOT has been implemented in seven Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges and 20 High Schools in the Eastern and Western Cape.

During the parliamentary committee’s visit to COSAT, a MOT session was presented to grade nine learners by MOT presenter and educator, Andiswa Njoli.

“The learners responded and engaged really well in the session. It felt good to show the committee members what we have achieved with MOT at our school,” Njoli says.

A fun and interactive session was facilitated by Njoli where learners and committee members shared their dreams with one another, allowing for the committee members to get to know the learners who participate in MOT.

Siyamthanda Nzima and Cindy Khoanyane, two MOT learners from COSAT, testified that since taking part in MOT they have gained self-confidence and became more self-aware of themselves.

“MOT has enticed me to be more confident and has allowed me to express myself more. Before MOT I could not do that,” Nzima says.

Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa, Trine Skymoen, tweeted that it was amazing seeing MOT in action Khayelitsha.

You can follow MOT SA on Twitter @MOTsouthafrica, like us on Facebook at MOT SA.

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