Secondary or High School is a preparatory school for students to transit successfully through a career path of their choice. This preparatory stage involves providing curriculum opportunities to build students general capabilities, support their interests and aspirations, support them to make informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways.
The decisions that young people make in high school have a big impact on their lives affecting not only their further education, training or employment, but their social lives, finances and health outcomes.
It is important that youth from rural areas also get the same opportunities as those from urban areas. Students in rural areas need strong career guidance programs to help them overcome disadvantages related to poverty, isolation, and scarcity of occupational opportunities and role models.
Career guidance is essential for making sure that rural learners can also compete academically at a national and international level.
Thabisha centre for learning and development hosted their first inaugural career expo at Ga-Matla Ga-Mahoai, next to Mahaoi high School on 2nd August 2018. The initiative was proudly sponsored by Tran-Source and Capitec Bank with the aim to assist rural matriculants from Mogoshi District with an opportunity to explore different career fields and financial opportunities.
The event was attended by Ga- Matlala Police Commissioner , Department of Correctional services and Limpopo department of education Mogoshi District Manager.
14 exhibitors attended the expo:
- Belgium College
- Grades Match
- Love Life
- Lancet laboratory
- Tshwane south Tvet college
- University of Limpopo
- Inqaba Yokulinda
- Dithipe Development Tvet
- Department of Correctional Service
This initiative was a success as learners had the opportunity to register with different institutes that were there and learn about the GradesMatch App that assists learners with matching their grades to possible career paths, college , universities and funding opportunities. Thabisha career day will be taking place again in 2019. The date still to be confirmed.
These kinds of initiatives do not usual occur in the rural ares. Learners have had to travel to the city or universities where expos are usually hosted, not within their villages. With the help from Government, the community, private and public sector companies their 2019 expo will be able to accommodate more learners from other districts.
Rural learners are not exposed to alot of opportunities and it is such events that remind the youth that the is hope and they still have a chance to get closer to reaching their dreams. For sponsorships, donations and partnerships for the 2019 Career Expo email Oliver@thabisha.org.za.
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