Enterprising learners win

2017-02-14 10:17
The winners from Maitland High School.

The winners from Maitland High School. (Gary van Dyk)

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Learners of Maitland High School are proving that enterprising skills in entrepreneurship can win them prizes and help them find profitable opportunities for their future.

The school, along with Vista High School in Schotsche Kloof have been part of a project of the Education with Enterprise Trust (EWET) that hosted a special prize-giving in Maitland on Friday.

Vista High was the provincial winner while Maitland High came third in the province.

The trust was established more the 20 years ago with the aim of empowering young people, through enterprise.

The trust’s Tshidi Sekopa explains that the learners at both schools became involved with the organisation through the Youth Enterprise Society (Yes) activities at the schools.

“These clubs are initiated at a school and involve 60 members who are focused on projects and activities that relate to 17 business competencies,” she says. “Each society with four advisors (volunteer teachers) meet once a week to review and take care of business that affects their society.

“The Simama Ranta competition is core to our promotion of entrepreneurship education among schools and is the highlight of the year for Yes participants. It is open to learners older than 16 in Grades 10 or 11 and it aims to identify, honour and showcase schools who demonstrate the highest competence in eight areas of entrepreneurship education. These winners then serve as leaders in mentoring other schools.”

Roland Dyers, one of the facilitators at Maitland High, says being part of the programme has had a very positive effect on learners.

“We have learners from very diverse backgrounds at our school,” he says. “No fewer than 12 languages are spoken here, but this programme has shown them how working together can bring about unity for positivity and given them an inkling of how powerful they can be when they take control of their destinies.

“It’s not easy all the time but it gives them a perspective on the realities in life, facing adversity and failures and how to recover from them. That is why it is so important.

“Winning has now given them insight into what it takes to make a success of their lives beyond school and also motivated us to look at more innovating projects for this year. These include various skills classes, social responsibility activities and helping various organisations like the seniors home and adventure club at the school.

“This achievement has given them an insight into how they are mentors and leaders in their communities.”

Charlene Little, principal of Vista High, says the project plays a part in character building.

“This programme takes them into the reality of what they can do and I am very proud of their achievements.

“This programme is here to stay at the school and with our support is going to play a big role in guiding our learners to see their potential.”

For more information about the Education with Enterprise Trust visit www.ewet.org.za.

The winner from Vista High School.

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