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cell c take a girl child to work day completes second workshop

Friday, 11 September 2020

Cell C’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day® has completed its second work shop, aiding young learners while observing social distancing regulations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cell C followed 2019’s theme of #MoreThanADay, which encourages organisations and partners to extend the programme to host learners for three days of workshops.  This year also extends the programme to allow boy learner participants for the first time in its history. 

Learners at Orange Farm Secondary School and John Orr Technical High School took part in the workshop, which was themed around “preparing for life after High School”.

The workshop’s  content was geared towards proving learners with insight into their future plans, options to help them succeed (such as funding for varsity) and guidance around the career paths they wish to follow once leaving school.

Learners were also given an outline of what to expect in a working environment – with an emphasis on the ICT space – as well as a tutorial on Cell C’s holistic educational platform CellCgirl detailing the site’s articles, resources and tools.

All 35 learners received gift hampers after the workshop, with one lucky participant winning a Huawei Y7P smart phone after entering a draw.

Cell C’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day®’s workshops have been conducted virtually this year, due COVID-19 precautions needing to be observed. While it has been impossible to host learners on corporate and government premises, the move to a virtual seminar has proven a resounding success. Cell C’s Human Capital Development and Transformation Chief Officer, Juliet Mhango, says that it has also increased the programme’s reach, allowing Take a Girl Child To Work Day® to reach learners that it couldn’t before.

“In the past, Take a Girl Child to Work Day® reached mostly learners in the metros, but with the virtual workshops, we’ll be able now to include kids in the rural areas as well,” says Mhango. 

“Going forward my thinking is – if we ever get back to some semblance of ‘normal’ after the COVID-19 outbreak – in the future we’ll be using a hybrid model of Take a Girl Child to Work Day®. The model will include learners who are able to attend on-campus workshops, and virtual workshops for those who cannot. This way we are able to reach children from all walks of life.”Cell C’s third and final Take a Girl Child to Work Day® will take place on Friday September 18th

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