MOKURONYANE — The Rakwena Foundation, a non-profit organisation, held its first Career Expo at Majadibodu High School in Mokuronyane, formerly known as Abbotspoort.
The Rakwena Foundation is led by Rakwena Maropola, an Electrical Engineering student who says he is willing to assist learners in high school, especially in the previously disadvantaged schools, with career information and exhibitions that can guide their career choice.
Maropola said he grew up in the same rural area at the Nikara section, where he completed his high school career.
“I didn’t receive sufficient information and guidance to make the right career decisions. It is not easy to go to a tertiary institution without relevant information because you will be frustrated and confused when you are told you don’t qualify for what you want to study.
“The other major problem is looking for a course that is not offered at your desired institution and this could be as a result of lack of life skills that we don’t get in rural schools.
“The career exhibition aims to change the youth’s lifestyles by taking them off the streets and bring them to schools where they can learn about responsibilities because in the end they should take responsibility for their education and choices in life.
“The foundation wants to help learners in Lephalale and around the country so that they get proper information that will ensure they excel in high schools and eventually graduate. We would like to produce many graduates from rural schools” he said.
The Saturday career expo saw Grade 11 and 12 learners from various schools around Lephalale benefit from eight career professionals who guided them on their career path, subjects to study and the challenges leading to the final stages before fully qualifying.
Maropola says he was surprised by the learners’ attendance. It exceeded their expectations and they are looking forward to running such progressive events in future.