Pupils attend ‘Young Women Seminar’

2015-09-17 06:00
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Pupils at the seminar at Margate Hotel.

PHOTO: supplied Pupils at the seminar at Margate Hotel.

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THE Office of the Mayor, through its Youth Development Unit at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, hosted a “Young Women Seminar” on engineering, science and technology on Friday at the Margate Hotel.

The seminar was attended by more than 100 than Grade 10 and Grade 11 pupils from local schools who excelled in mathematics, science and technology, students from Esayidi­ TVET College currently doing courses as artisans and as well as young female professionals in these male-dominated fields.

Phumlani Mzobe, HCM youth manager, said the seminar was rich in providing young ladies with career presentations.

“Young female professionals and technicians provided in-depth industry-based information and inspirational testimonies about their journey to their career, including their high school and tertiary lives, encouraging the Grade 10 and Grade 11 pupils not to be afraid to venture into these male dominated yet interesting fields,” said Mzobe.

Mzobe told the young girls that even though the country is celebrating 21 years of democracy, there is still a huge gap that exists for females in these fields.

“There is still a stigma that only males can do them, and this noting unfortunately, exists more in the rural areas, hence teachers don’t encourage and support female pupils­ to excel in mathematics and science, which is unfortunate,” he said.

Mayor Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu was guest speaker and assured the young ladies that if they work hard and attain these skills, government is open to offer bursaries and scholarships­.

Mqwebu congratulated the pupils­ for being chosen by their school because it is an indication that they are among those who work hard.

“Hibiscus Coast Municipality has employed a lot of female engineers­, artisans and technicians, which is an indication of the commitment by government to empower women,” said Mqwebu.

The young girls said the session was useful in helping them to decide their future direction.

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