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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.