Former pupils mentor matrics at career guidance event

2019-07-03 06:02
photo: suppliedAttending the career expo are pupils from Busana High School.

photo: suppliedAttending the career expo are pupils from Busana High School.

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THE Honeyguide non-profit organisation held its ninth annual career expo on June 26 at Busana High School, in partnership with Youth In Action, in a different than usual format. Previously, pupils would be guided in terms of the career choices available at various tertiary institutions throughout the country.

This year was different yet more effective and relevant as the first session was a one-on-one motivation session where students who are now at tertiary institutions mentored pupils regarding career choices, motivating them in many ways including with mathematics games, science quizes, and mind games.

Lindelani Mbatha, in his second year of a BSC Applied Computer Science degree at the University of Cape Town, headed the team. His appearance on its own motivated many pupils as, in the 2017 matric results, he was in the KZN top 10 successful pupils as he achieved seven level 7’s and scored 100% in Mathematics and Physical Science.

Mbatha was assisted by farmer of thought leaders Nqubeko Simelane, doing her second year in BSC Augmented at UKZN, with many other team members studying at UJ, Wits, Walter Sisulu University, UCT, UKZN, DUT, UFS, MUT, UniZulu and others who are now working.

All these team members are former pupils of Busana High School who are now giving back to the community.

It is all thanks to Me T.W. Mabaso, who has led the school for many years with consistently excellent results, and his deputies Mr S.B. Dubazana and Mr K.G Khumalo.

The second portion of the event involved the online application process where pupils were assisted with, firstly, creating an e-mail address, and then having their documents scanned. After that, the online application process was underway for all tertiary institutions throughout the country.

Gratitude goes to the Department of Social Development Greytown office for their endless generosity, various individuals who allowed the organisation the use of their routers, and the team members who sacrificed their money to buy data for the online applications.

Indeed, the Honeyguide NPO is bridging the gap.

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