Pupils get a taste of workplace

2015-05-29 06:00
Ingwe local municipality Mayor Nomagugu Luzulane talks at the Take a Child to Work initiative.
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Ingwe local municipality Mayor Nomagugu Luzulane talks at the Take a Child to Work initiative. Photos: ntuntu dweba

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THE Ingwe Municipality, in partnership with Sukuma Sakhe, gave high-school pupils the opportunity of experiencing the workplace through the Take A Child to Work programme.

Pupils were taken to various government departments and the SAPS, among other places.

An event, attended by the mayor, pupils, teachers and government officials, was held in the Bulwer community hall last Friday to get feedback from the pupils about their experience.

The programme, formerly called Take a Girl Child to Work, is an initiative by Cell C which started in 2003 for female pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It was against the background of under-representation of women in the corporate world and teenage pregnancies leading to school drop-outs, the initiative was later endorsed by the Department of Education.

Ingwe Municipality Mayor Nomagugu Luzulane said there were suggestions that the programme includes boys.

“Even though the programme is now for all pupils, we have placed emphasis on the girls.

“Previously girls did not have the same opportunities as boys when it comes to education. There was a belief that girls would leave to get married so more focus was given to boys.

“We are giving pupils a taste of the workplace because they must realise that education doesn’t end in Grade 12.

They need to go beyond matric in order to build a bright future for themselves,” she said.

Noluthando Khumalo (18) from Centocow High was sent to St Appolinaris Hospital in the social work department.

“I have always wanted to be a social worker because I am a person who loves to help people solve their problems. When I was at the hospital I learnt that a social worker has to be courageous because the problems you hear from people may overwhelm you.

“I also know that one of the requirements to become a social worker is to have a driver’s licence. You must also be a person who has good listening skills. A social worker cannot make a decision for a person they are counselling, they can only advise them and allow that person to decide for themselves,” she said.

Nontokozo Zuma, St Appolinaris Hospital nurse, said the pupils had a lot fun at the hospital.

“We were happy that they came and we welcomed them and told them everything we could about what we do. I hope they make the best decision for their careers,” she said

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