Tonota Sub District Council held a career fair for vulnerable children and orphans last week in Francistown .
The fair was held under the theme ‘Promoting Access To Tertiary Education For OVC’s- Key To The Eradication of Poverty’.
Different tertiary institutions presented on their dates of intakes, courses offered and their entry requirements. Students from Mater Spei College and Shashe River Senior School participated.
When giving objectives of the fair, social welfare officer Moses Rakodi said their aim was to expose the students to different institutions in the country and the courses they offer.
He said the target group for the initiative was Form 5 and Form 4 students. “Academic performance declines every year and this is a serious concern and threat to our economy. This fair will help students to choose their career based on their skills and performance. We also want to help reduce poverty because if many people are not educated and skillful, then we are going to have high numbers of unemployed citizens,” said Rakodi
Councillor Gaefele Sedombo advised students not to give up and to use their situation as motivation to achieve their dreams.
He said being orphans does not mean it is the end of the world. Sedombo said it was up to the students to realize their potential and that they needed turn their challenges into opportunities.
On behalf of participants Moshe Maphiya of Shashe River Senior School said he had learn a lot from the fair.
He said it was a good initiative as unlike other students they did not have access to tertiary institutions as they are situated in towns hence inaccessible by students in villages.
“We are living in a changing world and i want to become an IT technician. I was impressed by BIUST presentation and now i know what is required for me to do Computer Engineering,” he added