A day in working world for girls

More than 100 girls from John Bisseker Senior Secondary School got to live a day in their potential careers yesterday, thanks to the annual Take a Girl Child to Work day.

NEW SKILLS: John Bisseker Grade 11 pupils Khanya Nqwensio and Zizipho Dweba look on while their peer Roseline Adams helps patient Ntombencini Gqadushe, guided by physiotherapist Pakama Ramontseng. About 40 girls were shown how various departments in the hospital function and allowed to interact with patients Picture: ALAN EASON
NEW SKILLS: John Bisseker Grade 11 pupils Khanya Nqwensio and Zizipho Dweba look on while their peer Roseline Adams helps patient Ntombencini Gqadushe, guided by physiotherapist Pakama Ramontseng. About 40 girls were shown how various departments in the hospital function and allowed to interact with patients Picture: ALAN EASON

The movement, which started in 2003, affords Grade 10 to 12 girl pupils from all walks of life the chance to experience first-hand a day in a workplace they choose.

The 120 girls spent their day shadowing top executives, attorneys, healthcare workers and engineers who opened up a world of hope and dreams that inspired them to work towards achieving what they want.

The director of vocational services at the Rotary Club of Arcadia, Margaret Albrecht, who organised the outing, said about 18 organisations had opened their doors. “The girls were selected by the school and the selection was based on career choices which matched companies that agreed to host them,” said Albrecht.

Many girls got to experience being a healthcare professional at Frere Hospital; others the lives of engineers, attorneys and interior decorators.

Tamlyn Klaasen, a Grade 12 pupil, wants to be a future Rolene Wagner, Frere Hospital’s CEO.

“I just enjoy working with people and making ideas work, especially in the medical field, so being a hospital manager is my choice of career,” said Klaasen, who was born at Frere Hospital 18 years ago.

Silindokuhle Mantanga, who is in Grade 11, worked with some patients of an occupational therapist, testing their hand-motor skills. “It was amazing and inspiring,” she said.

Wagner said this was the first time the hospital had participated.

Roseline Mbona spent the day at Hands On Marketing in Berea.

“It was fun and I learnt a lot. I am now more convinced than ever that this is what I want to do,” she said. — arethal@dispatch.co.za

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