Nonesi Development Forum (NDF) provided a platform for pupils to explore viable career paths by hosting a career guidance event at Mtirara High School in Cacadu on Friday.
NDF secretary general Ayanda Ncinane said the event was to encourage young people to make informed career choices as some of them prepared for the outside world. Visitors from the University of Western Cape, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Komani MSC College and a team from Robben Island were among the guests who attended the event to impart valuable information to the young people. Ncinane indicated that a total of 140 scholars from different schools in the area attended.
“We grew up in that area and are aware of the difficulties experienced by young people. We wanted to bring information and show them that there are different options and a lot of career paths to consider. We provided them with application forms, a list of career opportunities, information on bursary application processes and other relevant information that will encourage them to pursue their interests,” said Ncinane.
NDF invited grade 9 to 12 pupils of Emzi Junior Secondary School, Fezekile Junior Secondary, Nkolonga Junior Secondary, Mphothulo Junior Secondary and Mtirara High School.
Ncinane said the aim was to plough back and improve the living conditions of the Cacadu community.
“We are pleased that three educational development officers from Mtirara were also part of the event and they had showed excitement and support for the initiative. A special request of study guides for the scholars was made as there was a lack thereof. We promised that we will collect the guides for the school. We have started receiving these and will soon be handing them over to the school.”