|The Moses Kotane Institute Attended the Ugu Career Guidance Festival 2016||2016-06-03|
|As part of the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI's) mandate which is to expose previously disadvantaged learners and youth to different Science, Engineering and Technology career opportunities that are existing, on Thursday, 02 June 2016, MKI staff travelled to Ugu District to join other government entities and institutions to help historically disadvantaged learners to make informed decisions about their future career paths that they would like to pursue after completing matric.|
This year's annual event which was themed as "This is my life, and whatever I do will impact my future," was attended by hundreds of learners who didn't want this opportunity to pass them.
Mr Hlakaniphani Cele from the KwaZulu-Natal department of education gave a powerful message of support, highlighting the struggle that African people have gone through in order for them to get good quality education and take up science related disciplines. He reminded the youngsters about the 16 June 1976 incident where students began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instructions in their schools, "My message of support is based on people's education for people's power, what we see today it's something that we have been fighting for years," he said.
The annual event promotes science and technology as a career of choice and it gives learners the platform to research on topics that are currently affecting South Africa. Through their findings, they expressed ways that science and technology can be instilled to historically underprivileged schools.
They recommended that science should be introduced to SA children at an early stage of their education. They also expressed their uneasiness regarding the availability of science materials in rural based schools. Nomthandazo, a grade 9 pupil, said "Technology and life cannot be separated, and the role of technology is not a luxury, but a needed resource therefore we appeal to government to integrate technology into our curriculum." She further stated that once they have completed their matric they are expected to be computer literate when they get to tertiary institutions, yet they are only two computers in their school, one that is used by all staff members and the other one that belongs to the principal.
The event was also attended by Mr Bonginkosi Dladlama who is the president of the careers exhibition and information association (CEIA), he encouraged all institutions to register with them. The core business of the association is to provide a comprehensive career information to learners and students who are based in rural and urban areas of South Africa.
Mr Linda Mthembu, the organiser of the event stated that the event went beyond their expectations as their initial goal was to reach a quite number of learners from Quintile 1 and 2 schools and they managed to reach 80%. "The attendance from exhibitors and presentations from learners was fantastic. It was a well organised and highly motivating event for our learners," he said. He further encouraged learners to participate next year as they will have access to information from different exhibitors and they will hear what their peers are capable of doing through topics they have chosen to research about.