Simoonga Thandizani Careers Day 2020

What will I be?

What will I be when I am grown?

So many options I might never have known.

Find your strength, find your passion was said to me,

And a bubbling excitement filled me with glee.

Science or Art, which way shall I choose,

Just think of all the new skills I could learn to use.

Doctors or pilots, and all the excitement they must see,

Though a Park Ranger seems a better fit for me.

What will I be when I am grown,

So many options I might never have known!

With all the negative media encircling the world in the time of COVID-19, in this part of Africa we share an encouraging story from one of our partner schools in the Sinde area of Southern Zambia, Simoonga Thandizani Trust Primary School.

On the 23rd October they held their annual careers day in celebration of Zambia’s Independence Day (24th October). The students were encouraged to research and provide a presentation on their desired future career paths.

Parents were invited to watch and participate in the different activities demonstrating the careers which ranged from doctors and nurses, chefs, pilots and police officers to teachers. These were showcased in the way that we in Africa do best: dancing, poetry, drumming, and music.

The busy day culminated in the sharing of a meal, supervised by the parents and cooked by those aspiring to be chefs.

A wonderful day was had by all who attended with lots of fun and learning, and by the photos we can see its uplifting effect on the students and their families.

Thank you to the team at Simoonga Thandizani Trust School for sharing their story with us.

Written by Brenda Finaughty, CITW Zambezi Environmental Education Coordinator

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