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OTP empowers schools learners with knowledge

By: Andzani Hlongwane

Since its inception by Cell C cellular network in 2003, Take a Girl Child to Work Campaign has been the most successful campaign in assisting school learners to engage with corporates to have an idea on how both government and private sector operates.


Initially the campaign targeted girls but as years went by, boy children were also included in the journey of guiding them to their prospect careers which in the process guide them to choose careers that suit them and are in demand.

Office of the Premier (OTP) hosted learners from various districts across the province where they were addressed by the Deputy Director-General (DDG) Ms Nana Manamela who took to the podium with her ever radiant and graceful conduct to encourage learners and future leaders to pursue their academia with excellence.

In her address; the DDG praised the programme as being one of South Africa’s largest joint acts of volunteerism having helped more than a million girls to choose their careers based on interactions with stakeholders.

Previously the campaign targeted grade 11 and 12 learners but now it has included learners form lower grades in high school to give them ample time to make informed decision with their university studies.

With the high rate of fake news, Mbali Hlongwane from Bela Bela Secondary School in the Waterberg District and Natacia Tshabalala from Mafumani Secondary from Mopani District were introduced to the Communications Unit, where they were briefed on who has the authority to speak on behalf of the Premier and how does the information gets escalated down to various media houses including what it takes to be a credible journalist.

Even though school offers career guidance as a subject, the campaign assist learners to get more clarity during their engagement with professionals and are able to make informed decision on what they want to pursue.