Zion Church assists pupils

2016-04-08 06:00
Pupils at the career guidance talk organised by the Zion Christian Church in Kokstad town hall. Photo: supplied

Pupils at the career guidance talk organised by the Zion Christian Church in Kokstad town hall. Photo: supplied

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FINANCIAL limitations are some of the problems that can be attributed to young people not furthering their studies at tertiary institutions.
However, the Zion Christian Church in the eastern region has taken on the task of assisting young people to get quality education.

More than 500 young congregants gathered at Kokstad town hall last Saturday for career guidance, which was organised by the church.
Many came from schools in Kokstad, Umzimkhulu, Matatiele, Mount Fletcher and Pondoland.

Khunga Mntambo, chairperson of the eastern region, said organising career guidance is what the church does every year to encourage young people to choose careers of their choice.

He said it is painful to see young people who don’t know what career choices they have once they get into tertiary institutions.
“The church has educational programmes that encourage youth to behave and be disciplined. We promote activities like sport, music and Bible study among the youth.”

“The church is against alcohol and drugs, which is why the church doesn’t rest in its quest to educate the youth,.

“We have a bursary scheme for young people who are struggling to get into tertiary institutions. We are also working with departments to help our young people get internships once they finish at tertiary level,” said Mntambo.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality speaker Zolani Mhlongo, who attended the career guidance programme, told congregants that the municipality has programmes that assist young people with skills development.

“The Zion Church is the first church to organise career guidance for youth. We are going to make sure we assist them in this initiative,” said Mhlongo.

Matric pupil Nkothe Sanele (19), from Azarie High in Matatiele told Fever he is going to study hydrology (the scientific study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets) at the University of Cape Town. He said he is hoping the church will help him and other youth to prosper in their studies.

Onke Madikizela (18), said attending the career guidance has helped him identify what career would be suitable for him.

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