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Sunday Express - - EXPRESS PEOPLE -

LO­CAL celebri­ties have joined forces in a project to pro­vide ca­reer guid­ance and train­ing ses­sions to high school stu­dents start­ing on Satur­day at Le­sotho High School in Maseru. Dubbed the “Ca­reer Guid­ance High School Tour”, the project is the brain­child of ra­dio pre­sen­ter Tebogo “Dogg” Ntaote who roped in fel­low pre­sen­ters, ac­tors and mu­si­cians to ex­pose stu­dents to dif­fer­ent ca­reer op­tions. Ac­tor Tseko Mon­a­heng, DJ PMan, Rap­pers Juvy and Prozak as well as ra­dio per­son­al­ity Rated R are some of the celebri­ties in the ini­tia­tive. Ac­cord­ing to Ntaote, the idea had been in the pipe­line but could not take off due to fund­ing chal­lenges. “I had this dream about three years ago af­ter re­al­is­ing that stu­dents are only of­fered ca­reer guid­ance when they are about to sit for their Form E fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions. That gave them a limited choice of ca­reers,” Ntaote said.

“Since this is an ini­tia­tive re­quir­ing a lot of money to cover lo­gis­tics, I ap­proached banks and other or­gan­i­sa­tions. They loved the idea but de­manded that I first pro­vide 50 per cent of the re­quired funds be­fore they cough up the re­main­ing bal­ance.”

“I could not raise that amount and so now we will work on a low bud­get, us­ing our own re­sources. We will also be charg­ing an en­trance fee.

“Due to the fi­nan­cial con­straints we will fo­cus on Maseru but the idea is to even­tu­ally spread to the rest of the country and do this an­nu­ally.”

Ntaote also said the ca­reer guid­ance would be of­fered to stu­dents from Form A up to E and would give them prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of their favoured ca­reers.

“Some would love to join the me­dia in­dus­try but do not know much about the re­quire­ments and how the in­dus­try ac­tu­ally works. There will be a quiz com­pe­ti­tion and two suc­cess­ful stu­dents per school will be se­lected to visit a com­pany in their de­sired field. This will en­able them to de­cide whether they would still want to em­bark on that ca­reer path.”

Ntaote said that they would work closely with teach­ers and par­ents. In ad­di­tion, they would pro­vide fi­nan­cial and ma­te­rial as­sis­tance to two un­der-priv­i­leged but de­serv­ing stu­dents per school.

“The teach­ers will help se­lect two most vul­ner­a­ble stu­dents per school and we will cater for their school re­quire­ments in­clud­ing tu­ition fees, books and uni­forms,” he said.

Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Tebogo “dogg” Ntaote

ac­ToR Tseko Mon­a­heng.

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