Female pupils exposed to male-dominated careers

2016-10-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Female pupils at a seminar at Margate Hotel, hosted by Ray Nkonyeni Youth Office.

PHOTO: supplied Female pupils at a seminar at Margate Hotel, hosted by Ray Nkonyeni Youth Office.

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THE Ray Nkonyeni Youth Office has been conducting career exhibitions, expositions and seminars in schools.

Youth office manager Phumlani Mzobe said since the advent of democracy in 1994, the inclusion of women in fields such as science, technology and engineering has been a priority and as the office that deals with the youth, they have realised that many young females lack adequate skills that could position them to be suitable in these fields.

Mzobe said exposure to technical paths must be started at an early age.

“Through the support of the Ugu Youth Office and Department of Education, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality hosted a one-day seminar focusing on medicine, environmental management, civic engineering, architecture and town and regional planning.

“The interaction and engagement with pupils from Grade 10 and 11 was interesting and informative.”

Mzobe said the youth agreed that such information from industry experts will go a long way in helping them make informed decisions when choosing a career.

A seminar took place last Friday at Margate Hotel, attended by 60 young girls.

“Female professionals spoke about their experiences in these often male-dominated fields.

“They assisted the girls on how to manage transition from high school, including expected performance in order to qualify for
tertiary studies of their choice,” said Mzobe.

He said the youth showed great excitement as they began to gain interest in these unnoticed fields.

“We hope the enlightenment of this knowledge will work to their benefit when decisions are taken about their future careers and they become motivated to excel in their current studies at high school.”

He said as the youth office they appreciate the support of Ugu District Youth Office, the DoE and the schools that participated.

“We send words of gratitude to the female professionals, who took time off from their busy schedules to come and illustrate and educate these girls.”

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