The Bethlehem Career Camp, April 2012
The camp was conducted by Harold Msiza, Avie Cherrington, Kabelo Huma and Lloyd Madzivadondo of the SACBC AIDS Office for grade ten and eleven students.
The SACBC has started the legacy of conducting career camps for the high school learners. Initially when this event started the focus was on the grade twelve learners, it was out of experience that we realised that deciding on a career at that level is a bit late.
In Free State all systems went well; a hundred and forty-six children gathered together to have some exposure to various career fields and institutions. To begin with, children were divided into groups. We had a whopping 10 groups! The groups were given 30 minutes with each exhibitor, then rotating to the next exhibitor. The agenda was set and the ground rules embraced by all to ensure a smooth running camp. Supervisors assisted a lot in keeping order. Congratulations on the hard work and commitment shown by all!
During the entire camp 7 exhibitors showcased their institutions and what they are offering. A star goes to the Motheo FET College based in Bloemfontein. It has a variety of courses and they also offer on the job training for those who already have businesses. FETs are an alternative to universities and offer more practical careers and support to learners. Minister of Higher Education Mr Blade Nzimande is holding them in high esteem. Many of the exhibitors were from educational institutes as compared to last year where we had several governmental departments and civil servants advertising careers within their respective fields. Nonetheless, this year’s camp was rated by learners to be the best.
The two day program was well structured to keep the children busy and at the same time to make it fun for them to interact with others and to share their talents. During the day we had exhibitions and the first evening there was a movie (Dangerous Minds). An inspirational story about children who were faced with a plethora of difficulties and yet they managed to pull through. On the second evening there were debates and a talent show. The debate coverd topics at the heart of every South African youth. Topics like “should pregnant teenagers continue going to school” kept the house engaged; and others like drugs, politics and poverty were discussed with enthusiasm.