Education is key to prosperity

2017-07-12 06:01

THE South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) hosted a gala dinner at UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus on Friday to award its KZN development camp attendees for their academic achievements.

The camp organisers said the motivation behind the development camp is to provide Grade 11 and Grade 12 pupils, especially those from rural schools, with winter schooling focusing on maths and science proficiency.

UKZN Professor Mabutho Sibanda urged the pupils to share the knowledge and skills they gained during the week-long camp with their peers.

Department of Education provincial co-ordinator Cornelia Mchunu said embracing partnerships among government departments and the private sector would ensure success within the sector.

She told pupils that career guidance is a personal matter, a decision that should not be influenced by others, including their parents.

Deputy head of the Department of Accounting at eThekwini Municipality Xoliswa Zwane spoke about how she was raised by a single parent, grew up and attended high school in a rural area, but still managed to achieve the goals she is proud of today.

Head of Ministry at the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Kwazi Mshengu urged pupils to study and acquire skills which are in demand in order to grow the country’s economy.

He said due to the challenging circumstances of his upbringing he was motivated to invest towards personal growth through academic achievements.

Mshengu said education is critical for building a prosperous society, which is why it is important that young people are “fascinated” by education. “As young people, we need to reclaim our economy, but we will not do so if we are not educated,” he said.

SAICA Regional Executive Naeem Asvat said it is important that pupils believe in their abilities.

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