Madiba Youth Organization hosts 20 female leaners from two Bohlabela District schools on Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®
The 15th annual Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day featured Madiba Youth Organization employees reminding young girls to believe in their talents. The event included inspirational words from Mthunzi Coaching and Motivations (Pty) LTD Ambassadors.
Women play a vital role in any community, often as the selfless individuals who care for their families daily. Recognizing this Madiba Youth Organization works annually with young schoolgirls to build their self-confidence and encourage them to achieve greatness for themselves, and their communities.
This morning, 25 May 2017, Madiba Youth Organization hosted 20 female pupils from Ben Motloshe Secondary School, and Mahlale High School, as part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®.
The campaign celebrates its 15th anniversary this year under the theme: Dream, Believe, and Achieve. This year’s event aimed to remind young female students that they possess the power to make their dreams real by believing in themselves.
The Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® targets Grade 10 to 12 South African girl pupils, with the opportunity to visit a place of work and experience first-hand what a specific career entails. It encourages the students to participate in discussions to fully understand their role in the country’s socio-economic development.
In his welcoming address, Madiba Youth Organization’s Project Manager, Mr. Musa Mnisi , said, “Take your life, what it presents, and make it work for you.
“Your decisions shape the future that you want for yourself. You make this country what it is.”
At the event Madiba Youth Organization’s beneficiaries under the program of Bushbuckridge Young Entrepreneurship took the time out to speak to the girls about their jobs and career paths.
Qoli Mlambo, Chief Executive Officer of NM Business Enterprise and Grade 11 Student at Mahlale High School, spoke to the girls about the importance of believing in themselves, explaining that the most important contribution they can make to build a healthy society is their value.
“When you educate a girl child, it makes all the difference,” she said.
“Don’t be hooked on job titles. It’s about the value you bring. Build strong relations.”
After explaining the pivotal role that Madiba Youth Organization plays in marketing the country and its people locally and internationally, Qoli Mlambo and colleague Nhlanhla Masuku shared stories of their business experiences and career choices with the girls.
The Founder and CEO of Mthunzi Coaching and Motivating Company, Permission Sibuyi , discussed how important women are in any society and the roles they play in shaping a country.
“You [girls] are the rocks and in the future, you’ll be the rocks for your families,” said Permission Sibuyi, adding that, “It’s important for women to be in business because they do what’s needed.”
Permission Sibuyi, is passionate about “developing South Africa through education initiatives that help empower young minds and equip them with the necessary skills to become global competitors and leaders”.
She said, “I believe in warming others up to the idea of embodying the social entrepreneurial ethos of being a continuous contributor.”
Sibuyi had rousing words for the girls; she said, “The face of poverty around the world is black and female. So educate yourselves. It is critical.”
The girls took the encouragement from the speakers to heart;Nompumelelo Ndlovu ,Students Representative Council’s Chairwoman in Ben Matloshe Secondary School found the event inspiring and said; “Today I learnt to give back what I have; [to] look for ways to make a difference.”
Nompumelelo Ndlovu now sees the value in never giving up. She said, “A person must never give up. They can achieve whatever they want to achieve.”
Later the Girls conducted interviews at the Local Community Radio Station ,RFM, 103.2 MHz situated at Acornhoek about their programs and gist of the day
The event proved a successful one, with the pupils seeing the many possibilities that education and a career path can open up for young women.