Hone careers forum attracts 5,000
Written by Millennium on June 24, 2019
SIMON MUNTEMBA writes
EVELYN Hone College, in conjunction with the Ministry of General Education, last Wednesday, June 19, launched the 2019 provincial careers exhibitions for school pupils in Lusaka Province.
The careers exhibitions themed ‘Empowering the Learner with Career Choices for Self-actualization’ was held at the college’s campus in Lusaka and attracted about 5,000 learners from across Lusaka.
The event also attracted several government officials, including district education board secretaries from all the districts of Lusaka Province, representatives of various universities, school head teachers, motivational speakers, students and pupils from various colleges and schools.
A number of exhibitors which include training institutions and employers were on hand to showcase various programmes of study and share knowledge on important skill the industry needs.
As per tradition, the careers exhibitions were characterised by traditional dances, followed by motivation speeches mostly by prominent figures.
Speaking when he officially opened the careers exhibition, Provincial Education Officer (PEO) for Lusaka Christopher Sinkamba said the Ministry of General Education wanted to see learners helped with informed career choices.
Mr Sinkamba said learners needed help through knowledge and exposure for them to realise their dreams and unlock their vast potential.
He said in this globally and digitally interconnected world, all leaners needed skills and knowledge to succeed.
“The information from these exhibitors is vital for leaners to know what skills are needed by the business community. Our business community demands a workforce with skills to ensure our competitiveness as a nation in a global economy is assured,” Mr Sinkamba said.
He said the ministry wanted learners to enter the world of work with an understanding of what it took to be self-actualised.
Mr Sinkamba said Government had continued to strengthen and empower guidance teachers in schools with material to bring this collaboration to the classroom.
Evelyn Hone College principal Daniel Fwambo said he was particularly pleased that the institution had teamed up with the Ministry of General Education through the provincial education office in Lusaka to provide students with unlimited pathways to achieve their education and career goals.
Mr Fwambo said the ministry was an important partner in education because it was a supplier of ‘raw materials’ (the pupils).
He said there was need to have education that led the nation to high-impact social and economic development.
Mr Fwambo said to have high-impact results from any learning intervention, both the learner and the teacher should have clear objectives.
“It is my hope that this initiative we have taken will go a long way to motivate those that are prospecting to be engineers, doctors, business executives and so on to focus and aim for subjects that are most important for their career dreams,” Mr Sinkamba.