Info drive eyes rural learners

Rural communities often have a disadvantage of having limited access to information on a variety of key issues, education being one of the most fundamental of these. It is for this specific reason, therefore, that TCTA considers it necessary frequently reach out to these communities.

To this end, SED Officer Florence Ndhundhuma, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Dudu Moremi and Project Engineer Sego Kelefetswe visited Machakele Mamodibo Secondary School, North West on 21 November. The visit happened amid the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, underlining the importance of the programme.

On this day, TCTA partnered with Universal Skills Development, the Department of Basic Education and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to host a Career Modelling Day. The event aimed to inspire Grade 9 learners who are interested in careers in the fields of Accounting, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Grade 9 is the stage at which learners need to start thinking seriously about the career path they wish to pursue. The Career Modelling Day programme focuses on previously disadvantaged learners whose situation is aggravated by the relatively limited access to information resources in the areas in which they live. This year’s event attracted about 300 learners from five secondary schools in the North West.

“COVID-19 (negatively affected) a lot of our plans this year, but it gave me great joy to get this opportunity to change a life, even if it is only one kid,” said Ndhundhuma. She added that this event was only one of many that TCTA had planned to take part in during this year, but unfortunately, because of the coronavirus outbreak which caused a national lockdown, this was not possible.

“We use these events as a platform to mentor learners about life and what options they have after finishing Grade 12,” said Ndhundhuma. “We tell them about our bursaries and internship schemes.

“Besides this, we also introduce learners to various career opportunities and funding options that are available in other institutions outside TCTA.”