SABC and Take A Girl Child To Work-2019 initiative

SABC and Take A Girl Child To Work-2019 initiative

Take a Girl Child to Work Day is an annual corporate social investment event, held in South Africa since 2003.

Companies involved in this initiative organise for female learners, usually from disadvantaged backgrounds, to spend the day at their place of work on the last Thursday of May. The initiative is organised by Cell C and endorsed by the Department of Basic Education. This initiative has been dubbed South Africa's ‘largest collaborative act of volunteerism’.

SABC Group Organisational Development: Employment Equity& Transformation Unit, hosted the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on the 30 May 2019, and invited girls in Grade 10 and 11 with disabilities to join the event. 18 learners were hosted in SABC offices nationally, five of the provincial offices (KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Gauteng) invited two to four girls with disabilities to join them for the day.

In Auckland Park, GE Human Resources: Mr Jonathan Thekiso, welcomed girl leaners from Transoranje School for the Deaf, who were given an opportunity to be mentored by an SABC employee in their career of choice. Manager Employment Equity and Transformation: Ms Shenda Moses, introduced the girls to their mentors and Mr Zongezile Mgcina conducted a fun My Dream Board workshop with the school girls.

Shenda stated that the educating and mentoring of these girls is critical and it is for this reason that they participated in this initiative by providing an opportunity for young girls, to experience a day in the workplace first-hand and give them a glimpse at the possibilities available to them. “ It is also a practical step towards enabling them to make the connection between what they learn at school and their future career goals. Every year the SABC specifically targets the girl learners with disabilities, as they still are the most under-exposed to the world of work and mostly unemployed as a result of stigma`s associated with disabilities,” she explained.

All the girls received certificates and SABC goodies to remind them of the day they spend at the SABC. The event was a success as the girls left encouraged, inspired and informed about their career decisions.

By Employment Equity& Transformation Unit