Oprah Winfrey said “For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.” This quote represents what the KZN Science Centre set out to achieve during Career Jamborees 2016. The campaign in partnership with MiET Africa forms part of their “Keeping Girls in School Initiative.”

This unique venture places importance in aiding the young female learners from remote areas across KwaZulu-Natal to find direction towards their dream careers. The districts visited were chosen due to the high female drop-out rates, social ills and lack of female learners in academia.

The KZNSC team has made it their goal to empower girls through their unique workshops designed to assess their interests and personalities. Learners were able to gain knowledge and valuable insight into course choices, various methods to further their education in tertiary institutions and were motivated to pursue careers in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Since the launch of this campaign in 2014, 2016 has been the KZN Science’s most successful year establishing a new benchmark and setting greater standards for the years to come. The KZNSC team successfully addressed 7300 female learners from 147 different schools within the districts of Sisonke, Zululand and uMkhanyakude setting a new record.

Through inspiring the female learners to make the correct career choices at present, we can create a strong and passionate workforce for the future!