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Cell C puts out the call to learners and partners as Take A Girl Child To Work Day returns in 2020

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Cell C has renewed its call to government departments and South African corporations as its Take a Girl Child to Work Day® initiative is set to resume this month.

The educational initiative, now in its 18th year, is one of South Africa’s largest collaborative acts of volunteerism, aimed at encouraging corporates in South Africa to empower and provide guidance to girls on career development.

This year, the global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdown presented Cell C, learners and TAGCTWD® partners with unique and heretofore unimaginable challenges. To that end, Cell C and its partners have made every effort to continue with this valuable initiative, while ensuring the complete safety of its participants.    

TAGCTWD® Workshops will be operating virtually, with learners given access to computers or one large broadcasting screen. Rather than being hosted at corporate offices and campuses and government buildings, learners will gather at schools classrooms and media centres, with all COVID-19 precautions being observed.

Corporations will receive new briefing packs with a checklist and recommendations including resources for participating schools. Corporate representatives will host from their offices or homes (depending on company & lockdown measures) and are required to liaise with schools prior to workshop day to make sure they have necessary materials.

TAGCTWD® in 2020 programme will focus on personal development and include skills training. Registration is open and companies across the country can sign up to take part in aiding learners aged 13-18.

Last year’s theme of #MoreThanADay promoted the concept that one day is not enough to help motivate and inspire school-going girls. Due to its resounding success Cell C has implemented it again for 2020 so that workshops will be available over three days.

“This year has been one of the most challenging in the 18-year history of Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day®,” says Juliet Mhango, Cell C’s Human Capital & Transformation Officer. “We believe that this agent for change and gender equality in the workplace is vitally important to South Africa’s girl learners and this is why we are pressing ahead with this year’s initiative.”

“We are renewing our call to government and South African businesses to help Cell C inspire and upskill the country’s future female leaders,” she says.

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