Programme gives youth guidance

2017-04-12 06:01
Grade 10 to 12 learners of different schools attended the two-day “One Week-One Transformational Leader” programme hosted by the Okgetile Group at the Galeshewe library from 4 to 5 April.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Grade 10 to 12 learners of different schools attended the two-day “One Week-One Transformational Leader” programme hosted by the Okgetile Group at the Galeshewe library from 4 to 5 April.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Grade 12 learner Reabe­tswe Plaaitje urges parents to assist their children in choosing the right schools, as certain schools do not really place an emphasis on career exhibitions and career guidance.

As a History learner, she feels that her school does not take her subject as seriously as it takes Physics and Mathematics.

She welcomes the intervention by Galeshewe-based Okgetile Group, which hosted what is called a “One Week-One Transformational Leader” programme for the youth of Kimberley, especially for Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 learners.

Held at the Galeshewe library, the two-day programme was open to all, following the mobilisation of learners at local schools.

The session is part of the intervention measures put in place to assist in restoring the pride of the Northern Cape through the improvement of matric performance.

In line with library week, the programme was hosted simultaneously with the autumn camps by the Northern Cape Department of Education for public schools throughout various districts, after the Okgetile planning committee ­mobilised at different schools.

The group of learners took part in sessions on self-discovery and listening styles and participated in discussions about tests, personal issues, self-mastery, mentorship, guidance and responsibility.

They were divided into different groups based on their personalities.

According to the Okgetile Company, the Northern Cape needs to repair its image due to the lowering of the level of education that it has suffered in comparison to other provinces.

They blamed the unsatisfactory pass rate on many social and political factors, such as adverse living conditions, learners dropping out, substance abuse, shortage of subject instructors/facilitators, community protests and health challenges.

To Plaaitje, a learner of the St Boniface High School, the session was a perfect opportunity and intervention to learn about different bursary opportunities available to her.

According to her, this was the first time that she has been armed with information to such an extent.

This is due to her choice to do subjects other than Mathematics and Physical Science.

“I have been feeling so disadvantaged, because I chose to do History and Geography and Biblical Studies. I also sometimes feel like I am at the wrong platform, because it is a private school and I always see my peers from public schools get more intervention sessions compared to us. I mean, we cannot all be good at sums and numbers, that makes us feel left out and discouraged. It seems like it ignores the gaps that are there in fields like councillors, psychologists and the humanities. All the attention is being paid to Physics and Maths learners, not that I have a problem with them. One other thing that I have learnt is also that I am not good at numbers, but am a good speaker,” she says proudly.

Plaaitje says she is concerned that learners like her are always overlooked and given “leftovers” of NSFAS bursary opportunities in that regard.

On top of all the information that she has gathered herself on career opportunities, the outspoken learner says that the session she attended has broadened her knowledge more than she expected.

Katlego Modise, also a Gr. 12 learner, saw the session as a self-discovery tool that came at the right time.

Being a Mathematics and Physics learner, he revealed that he did not qualify to be chosen for the autumn classes like some of his peers, but they organised a study group at the school to assist in keeping up. He was confident that all the attendees felt equally equipped, although they could not attend the autumn classes.

According to Phomolo Mandela Mathebula, the project manager, the session was part of the solution of assisting learners to discover their personality type and learning styles that they are responsive to.

The objective of the session was to restore school pride and provincial pride in learners through establishing self-belief, self-assurance and self-sufficiency in each learner.

It was further aimed at assisting with application processes for bursaries and decreasing drop-out rates.

He adds that they realised through suggestions from the attendants that there is still room for improvement within the programme and promised to work on it.

Okgetile partnered with the Griqua community in the programme, who aim to empower their own after learning from them.

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