Exhibition gives hope

Representatives of Eskom, Patricia Tsepeme and Khutso Tlhotse, with St Boniface High School learner Anastacia Coetzee at the Amasa Academy Career Exhibition.Photo: Refilwe Sekwati
Representatives of Eskom, Patricia Tsepeme and Khutso Tlhotse, with St Boniface High School learner Anastacia Coetzee at the Amasa Academy Career Exhibition.Photo: Refilwe Sekwati

The second annual Amasa Academy Career Exhibition took place at the conference hall of the Flamingo Casino outside Kimberley on 1 September.

The exhibition saw approximately 548 Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 learners of nine Kimberley schools with hopes of gaining new insight on bursary opportunities, employment, mentorship, graduate programmes and other skill development opportunities.

The exhibitors were from the accounting, education, energy, hospitality, engineering and government fields.

Motlatsi Makhari, founder of Amasa Academy, said what motivated him to start the academy was the realisation that there are a lot of programmes that only focus on learners who are doing well, neglecting those who are struggling with academics.

The academy is a non-profit organisation that offers free Saturday classes from 09:00 to 12:00 to 100 Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 learners in Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy, Accounting and Science at the Tshireletso High School by volunteering tutors.

These classes have been running for the past three years and the biggest challenge they came across is getting funding and a venue to operate in.

Makhari, who holds a B Tech (Electrical Engineering), said “we chose these three subjects because we feel it is important to have good engineers and accountants to help with our failing municipalities.”

Junior Mbuyisa, a Gr. 11 learner of the St Boniface High School, who was attending the event for the first time, said he found the exhibition to be helpful as he received new information on how to get into the engineering field as that is where his passion lies.

He said not only did he receive career advice, but the exhibitors motivated him to work hard and to know that he can be anything he wants.

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