To nurture the talents and aspirations of local grade 9 to 12 learners, across schools within the Ramotshere Local Municipality area, a career development initiative was recently launched. This innovative programme is set to empower young minds by offering them comprehensive workshops and guidance, fostering personal leadership skills and preparing them for the dynamic challenges of the world of work.
“We believe that investing in our youth’s personal growth and career development is a cornerstone for community progress. Through this initiative, we aim to provide a supportive environment that equips learners with essential skills, resilience, and a clear vision for their future,” said Julius Nong, Community Project Officer for Zeerust Solar, which funds this programme.
The programme, which commenced in July 2023, spans two years and is implemented by the Khenn Institute. It comprises two workshops per group per year, designed to incorporate dedicated time for research.
The curriculum is divided into two vital components: Personal Leadership and Career Development. By focusing on these key areas, the initiative will empower learners to face the challenges and pressures of high school with confidence. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics, including career options, personal academic strategies, and character-building techniques that are crucial for success.
“We extend our sincere gratitude to both The Khenn Institute and Zeerust Solar for their support. These workshops have effectively challenged our young learners to perceive themselves as leaders in their own right, emphasizing the importance of self-leadership before leading others, and advocating for the embodiment of exemplary qualities,” said a teacher from Ramotshere High School, one of the schools benefiting from this programme.
In addition to this, four young female graduates hailing from the local community were carefully selected and provided with training to facilitate the programme as Learner Life Coaches. This not only contributed to the effectiveness of the programme but also generated valuable employment opportunities within the community.
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