Learners told to be focused

2015-08-27 06:01

Uxolo High School learners were encouraged to focus on their studies during a career’s exhibition event organised by Phakamisa Project.

The career exhibition, which focused on Grade 11 learners, was held at Uzuko Lwakhe Church, in Mandela Park.

The event was attended by Debbie Schafer, provincial Mec for education, representatives from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, False Bay College, College of Cape, Standard Bank, Nedbank, and also Musa Tiki, who is doing her honours in chemistry at the University of Cape Town and was invited to motivate learners.

Julia Bruintjies, the founder and project director at Phakamisa Project, said the project is aimed at assisting learners in their studies.

It was started last year and it aims at encouraging them to improve their marks and also touches on their welfare.

DrugsBruintjies also said the career exhibition was organised for their career advice.

“It helps them to dream big and have a well informed career choice,” she said.

Schafer, who mixed English and Xhosa for her speech, encouraged learners to stay away from substance abuse and gangstarism.

“There are many people who have pushed their way to success regardless of their background. Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. I urge you to work hard in your studies. Ninakho ukufezekisa amaphupha enu (you can make your dreams come true). It is also important to become aware of opportunities available out there. We need to encourage entrepreneurship. This is an important event,” Schafer said.

Tiki encouraged learners to shift their focus to the things that will see them becoming successful in future.

She said being known for being naughty at school will never take them anywhere in life.

No peer pressure“You can be a member of a known group of naughty learners, but I can tell you that one of you knows what he or she wants in life and that one person will go all out to study on his or her time. It is very important to know what you want to become in future and go all out to achieve it regardless of your background situation,” Tiki said.

Tiki also encouraged learners to apply for bursaries when they are still in high school, because it becomes a bid difficult to get one when already in tertiary.

She said learners should ask for any assistance when they do not know something.

Thandabantu Duna, programme manager at False Bay College, also gave his words of encouragement to the learners.

“Never undermine your capabilities because you coming from the township. Go for what you want. Laziness is killing our people these days. If you are lazy to study, you fail and you create problems that were never there. Do not mislead one another, but you need to positively influence one another,” Duna said.

Motlodi Sesmane, 19, one of the learners who attended the exhibition, said it was worth the while to attend because it was

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