The cover of the book is designed by Okuhle Mciteka, a Grade 12 learner at Midrand High School. She designed the cover as part of the Girl Child Rise Up in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition hosted by Maths Genius Leadership Institute (MGLI). The competition required learners to discuss girl child empowerment through pursuing STEM subjects and careers.
In designing the cover, Mciteka explained that the artwork describes the general stereotype that females can’t do ‘power’ subjects like maths, science and biology. She wanted to show people that males and females are equal, hence the equal sign. The warm fire colours represent African warmth and one of the sources of life. The gears incorporate the idea of science, technology and its applications especially in artisanship.
The deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, said, “It is cool to be an artisan.” SABC Education is on a mission to increase the attractiveness of artisanship among the youth and share opportunities and benefits of being a qualified artisan.
The Decade of the Artisan programme is spearheaded by the DHET for poverty alleviation in South Africa through provision of skills to the youth and unemployed so that they can play a pivotal role in the country’s economy. This is in line with the National Development Plan which is aligned to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Expansion of sustainable job opportunities for South African school leavers and unemployed citizens is at the fore-front of government’s priorities thus every institution in the country has to play its part in contributing to this economic development programme.
As the public broadcaster with the biggest listenership and viewership in South Africa, SABC is playing a pivotal role in disseminating information and supporting potential candidates for artisanship training through television, radio, print and online media.
Danie Swart, head of SABC Education says “The Decade of the Artisan programme is a conduit to the solution for the perennial skills shortage which has led the country to utilise an imported workforce thus denying citizens an opportunity to participate in the formal economy.”