Learners inspired to believe

2016-06-29 06:00
THE learners with the municipal manager, Mamikie Bogatsu (front, in grey coat).  Photo: Supplied

THE learners with the municipal manager, Mamikie Bogatsu (front, in grey coat). Photo: Supplied

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THE Frances Baard District Municipality, in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Education, celebrated Youth Month in style this year.

The municipality hosted three Kimberley schools on Tuesday, 21 June, at the Frances Baard municipal offices with the purpose of exposing them to different career opportunities in government.

The schools were the William Pescod High School, Thabane High School and Emmang Mmogo Comprehensive School.

According to Tshepo Banga, the communications officer at the municipality, the initiative was further aimed at providing the learners with the opportunity to interact with professionals and inspire them to believe in themselves.

The learners spent quality time with the municipal manager, Mamikie Bogatsu, and other senior officials for most of the day and assisted officials with their day-to-day duties.

“This will give these children an opportunity to experience government first-hand and serve as an inspiration and inculcate a positive attitude,” said Gerline Roman, communications manager.

One of the learners set to benefit from this programme, Gwendolene van Wyk (gr. 10, William Pescod High School in Kimberley) revealed that she had had a breakthrough after her experience and had decided that she wanted to study Astrophysics or BCom Accounting when she completed high school.

She pointed out that government had observed that learners without positive role models were more likely to engage in harmful activities, such as gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse and other misdemeanors.

The Frances Baard District Municipality expressed the belief that this initiative would instill hope and motivate learners to achieve their dreams despite their challenging backgrounds.

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