“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
Those were some of the common used quotes at the” My Career My Choice exhibition event took place on Wednesday, 17th August 2016 at the Maraba Tribal Authority Offices in Limpopo. The well-attended exhibition is the brainchild of the Limpopo activist and community leader, Khomotso Komape who runs the Aganang Youth Organization.
The event’s main objectives included sharing academic opportunities, career paths and linking young people to potential study donors and employers.
Komape, who also organised the exhibition, said the Aganang Youth Structure’s decision to host the event during the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March was informed by its belief that access to quality education and resources, and doing away with demeaning pass laws were not the only major demands of those who staged the massive march.
“The Youth Structure has realised that most Grade 12 learners do not apply for their tertiary studies timeously or readily decide which career paths they want to pursue. Unlike in the past, prejudicial pass laws were limiting our people from moving around freely on their land including the lack of education and access to resources. These factors limited our people from fulfilling their dreams”, explained Komape.
The event was supported by the Department of Social Development and one of South Africa’s leading banks, Nedbank. National, provincial and regional government departments, academic institution and prominent like Department of Labour, Wholesale and Retail SETA,Construction SETA, Department of Health, Zurel Bros College, National Youth Development Agency, Service SETA, Capricorn District Municipality and Provincial government of Limpopo, CTU College, Limpopo Premiers office in Youth directorates were among some of the participating organisations.
Komape said, “Aganang Youth Structure is very impressed with feedback and all our strategic stakeholders’ collaboration in making sure that this career exhibition happens. This massive student turnout is a clear indication that our young people and communities really need educational empowerment projects like this”.
He further said that more similar Aganang Youth Structure community and youth development programs will soon be rolled out in the Limpopo Province.
The My Career My Choice career exhibition concept seems to have resonated with many globally acclaimed South Africans; outgoing Public Protector Thuli Madonsela being one of them. While speaking at the Top Women Conference recently held at Emperor’s Palace, Madonsela lamented that the South African society is neither willing nor ready to give room for women to lead.
“Gender equality is an extension of Ubuntu. The essence of Ubuntu is to look after the welfare of every member of the group, to optimise the well-being of the entire group. A woman’s place should be wherever she chooses to be. Embracing gender equality ensures that resources are harnessed successfully to the benefit of society. The ideally 50:50 concept which is intended to give is equal opportunity for women and men to engage in decision making should not just there, as an idea but serious polities that will make that happen must enforced.” said Madonsela.
African Union leader, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Geraldine Frazer-Moleketi, Rashida Manjoo, and Judge Navi Pillay are some of the many prominent figures who issued a stern warning to all patriarchal sectors of society who don’t want to transform.
Komape also briefly explained the long term benefit for companies who wished to support Aganang Youth Structure. “This project may be led by a youth organization but that doesn’t mean civil society, advocacy organisations, government departments and the private sector are not welcome to contribute. Their contribution will benefit the high school learners that are part of this initiative” he said.
He also assured all stakeholders and interested parties that Aganang Youth Structure will soon be rolled out Limpopo provinces. Dates, times, venues and other logistical issues for the next events are yet to be confirmed.
Members of the public who are interested in supporting Aganang Youth Structure initiatives are encouraged to contact Khomotso Komape on 071 286 4587 / 071 214 1441 or contact the organization via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com