High school, then the world...

2017-10-31 06:01
Some of the Grade 7 learners of Huguenot Primary School who participated in the career day.

Some of the Grade 7 learners of Huguenot Primary School who participated in the career day.

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Preparing primary school children for the transition to high school was at the top of the agenda for an organisation at a recent career day.

Sweet Pea Youth Development, an organisation based in Somerset West, held a career day for Grade 7 learners of Huguenot Primary School on Monday last week.

“We discussed the importance of knowing yourself, personality and abilities. We also spoke about the transition from primary to high school and the distractions that cause a dramatic drop in their academic performance, such as bullying, having boyfriends and girlfriends, sexual intercourse and peer pressure,” says Yolanda Benya, youth developer and facilitator of Sweet Pea.

“We spoke about the importance of having a mentor. The various options they have for specialised schools, instead of going to a school that only concentrates on academics, disadvantaging those who are not academically strong, or are instead gifted with special skills.”

The organisation started this year and works with schools in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Cape Town.

“We are preparing them to choose careers that are aligned with their passions and interests as well as readiness for the high school environment. We work in disadvantaged communities such as townships and rural areas and target schools that often need an intervention. This would be a follow-up from an article from a community newspaper or recommendation made by the teachers themselves,” says Nomonde Kondile, managing director of Sweet Pea.

With each group having a specific need covered on the day, the organisation covers a range of topics.

“We try and tackle core problems in that community or school,” says Kondile.

The organisation focuses on learners of Grades 5, 7, 9 and 12.

The organisation is a non-profit company. Management is appealing to residents and businesses to support and donate time or funds.

V For more information call 021 839 5937, visit www.sweetpeayouthdevelopment.com or the Sweet Pea Youth Development page on Facebook.

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