learners to careers
in the SANDF
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) joined ‘forces’ with the South African Defence Force (SANDF) to expose learners to careers in defence ahead of the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Cape Town. The SANDF has more than 5100 different jobs on offer.
Ismail Teladia, Senior Curriculum Planner, said they worked on a programme of bussing in learners from 60 high schools daily for four days.
This included learners from PW Botha High School in George and Môrester High School in Oudtshoorn who were flown to Cape Town aboard a C150 personnel carrier.
Teladia said besides the live demonstrations, entertainment and show of force, the career expo serves as a motivation for learners to perform well at school. It also helps to promote Mathematics, Physics, Life Sciences and Geography as elective subjects.
The programme also included a primary schools sports programme where the SANDF sport and recreation division trained primary school learners in eight sport codes. In total, 22 primary schools were bussed in over three days.
“The programme as a whole was successfully implemented with over 10 500 high and primary school learners being exposed to what the SANDF is all about. There is no doubt that these learners have a completely new perspective of our national defence force after this programme,” Teladia concluded.