“Pen’s Up” guides learners

Ratlou Mabula
MARAPONG — On Saturday 8 April the Thola Lesedi Foundation presented the Pen’s Up inauguration at Exxaro Hall in Marapong.
According to the organisers, the purpose of the event was to arm learners with knowledge that empowers their career choice.
According to the founder of the Thola Lesedi Foundation, Lazarus Kgageng (16), a grade 11 learner at Tielelo Secondary School in Marapong, the foundation seems to mainly empower learners from grade 10-12.
Kgageng was worried after observing several of his fellow learners who were about to finish their matric year but who had no idea as to what their next step should be.
He says the initiative promotes the importance of education and career guidance.
“Some students are not certain of which career path to follow after Matric. The main mandate of this initiative is to give career guidance to these students and expose them to the variety of careers that are available. They receive guidance from motivational speakers who honoured their invitations and kindly graced us with their presence.” said Kgageng.
The speaker’s key emphasis was that learners should be individuals who seek to fulfil their potential and not just conform to what society expects from them.
Among other things, learners were guided to:
* Make correct career choices whilst at high school and not while in tertiary education.
* Study steadily throughout the year – not only at exam time
* Do research in order to understand what your career choice really means.
* Visit work places of chosen careers to familiarise yourself with the environment.
Kgageng did not hesitate to point out that this was the first initiative of its kind to run, not only in Lephalale, Waterberg or Limpopo but South Africa at large.
With the assistance of 2016 Lephalale TVET College First Princess Sanora Letsoalo, the trio; Lazarus Kgageng, Phuti Mashishi and Portia Matabologa, all younger than 18 years old, managed to get together speakers from Engineering, Business and Media to convey a message to the learners that everything is possible if you properly pursue your career of choice.

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