The MEC of Health Gillion Mashego hosted a career expo on Thursday, July 29 at Matibidi cultural centre for Thaba Chweu Municipality under the theme “Bringing Universities to a poor rural child”. More than 400 matriculates from all Sabie Circuit high schools attended the expo, which included; Memezile High, Panorama Secondary and LM Kganane Secondary.
The main purpose of the event was to bring higher education institutions to disadvantaged children in rural areas to have a platform to interact with the institutions and also for the children to gather information on different careers and how to apply for the 2018 academic year. UNISA, Tshwane University of Technology and also a number of FET colleges were invited to give relevant career guidance and information.
Learners say that this expo was of paramount importance to them because most of them did not have a way forward in terms of applications and career guidance and they are thankful to the MEC for bringing this expo to them.
In addition to assisting disadvantaged children, MEC Mashego handed 67 pairs of school shoes to both primary and secondary school learners whom educators had identified as disadvantaged in commemoration of the late Nelson Mandela.
The MEC also encourages learners to work hard in their end of year exams; “I am committing myself to financially sponsoring one learner who will do exceptionally well in their matric results, I will be responsible for their tuition fees for their first year of university” MEC Mashego said. Furthermore, he commits himself to delivering sanitary towels to both primary and secondary schools of Sabie circuit for the next six months.