Career exhibit evokes passion for agriculture among school students
The Agricultural Sector Education Training Authority (AgriSETA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, organized a one-day careers exhibition for agricultural secondary schools in the North- West to Taung Agricultural College. AgriSETA is an organization needed to develop skills in the agricultural sector so that learners can benefit from its activities. The aim of the event was to encourage young people to consider farming as a career, share the opportunities in the sector and teach them the ways they can make a living in the industry.
AgriSETA Marketing Manager, Mandy Rutgers, said in her speech to the approximately 400 learners that the skills development plan that emanates from the national development plan is prioritized by all SETAs through the sharing of scholarships, the development of skills and knowledge of careers in agriculture among young people, as they have the potential to take the sector to new heights.
The Noord-Wes Koporasie, MICTSETA, EW SETA, Citrus Academy, National Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development were among the exhibitors exhibiting and participating in the information sharing sessions that Tumiso Sempe (18 ) from a participant from Marubising Cokonyane Secondary School recognized the importance of.
“The exhibition was an eye-opening experience which gave me the opportunity to discover different careers in the agricultural sector. I am interested in pursuing studies in animal production or surveying at the University of Cape Town at the end of my license. These are careers I did not know before the exhibition and I am now aware of the immense contribution of each of them in the industry. My studies will also allow me to impart knowledge to our communities on many things when it comes to agriculture,” Tumiso said.
Tselaathuto Secondary School of Lower Majakgoro in Itireleng was one of many well-represented schools at Taung Agricultural College. The energized school learner Itumeleng Seeqela (19) expressed his gratitude for the efforts made by the exhibitors to answer in detail the learners’ questions about the different careers.
He said he learned a lot from the event. “My interest in being a veterinarian was mentioned because I have a great love for animals, especially rhinos which we know are an endangered species due to poaching. I also became aware because there are not so many black vets in the country, so I would like to follow this career path to show the young people in my village that it is possible to achieve everything we dream of as black people in South Africa,” said the twelfth (grade 12) student.
Schools in the Northern Cape also saw the possibility of having their learners present. Mr. Samuel Ndluzela, Grade Eleven (11) teacher from Northern Cape Agricultural High School in Jan Kemp, had his Agricultural Practices and Technologies students at the event. “Learners received valuable information that we as teachers are not able to share as we may have limited information on some of these careers in agriculture and related industries. I am glad to see that all the learners are curious and visit all the stalls even though the suggestion was to target what they are interested in. It is a beneficial experience for all and I hope they will share with their peers the different job opportunities they became aware today,” Mr. Ndluzela said.