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The initiative is comprised of a school outreach programme dedicated to subject choice selection, career awareness including the dissemination of informative resource materials for the advancement of learner career participation from a young age. The initiative aims to respond to the social ills afflicting many of the youth in the rural areas of KZN such as teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, child headed households, HIV/AIDS etc. with the main-focus being the female learners.

ACTIVITIES

  • Presentation that equips learners on the necessary life skills to make informed career choices and subject selection.
  • Career workshops that expose the learners to wide variety of possible careers.
  • Psychometric Testing
  • End off with a mind-blowing science show that raises science awareness.

START OF THE PROJECT 05.05.2014

ORGANISATION KZN Science Centre

COSTS The programme costs 43,002 US Dollars which mostly goes to making of information packs for the learners, accommodation and transports for the KZNSC team.

IMPACT Over 6000 female learners are reached per year over a period of 5 months.

TARGET GROUP Young females

PARTNERS

  • Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE)
  • KwaZulu Natal Department of Education – Special Needs Education Services
  • MiET Africa

KEY LEARNINGS

  • The underlying cause of the social ills in our rural communities is the lack of guidance, patience and love from home and their schools.
  • Increased discouragement of female learners to participate in school due to the non-existence of support emotionally, financially and physically.
  • The high levels of illiteracy result in communication barriers even when illustrated in their home languages. Teachers often intervene during workshops to help us express concepts.

CONTACT DETAILS Nonhlonipho Dlamini