Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) outside Cradock hosted 15 girls from three local high schools under the theme “Dream, Believe, Achieve” on Thursday 29 May. It formed part of the countrywide, annual “Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day” initiative.
The main objective of the day was to expose the learners to the different professional opportunities which exist in organisations or industries which they may otherwise not have been given access to or been aware of.
MZNP hosted the girls from J.A Calata, Mathew Goniwe and Michausdal High Schools to a productive day in the Park where they participated in job shadowing in different departments, such as Human Resources and Administration, Conservation, Tourism, People and Conservation and Biodiversity Social Projects. They even spent some time in the Park’s Restaurant.
The day’s programme included a motivational talk by Park Manager, Megan Taplin, who encouraged the girls to pursue a career in a field they are passionate about. “If you are passionate about your work, you will love your job and do well in your chosen career,” said Taplin. She also encouraged the girls to adopt the theme of the day “Dream, Believe, Achieve” for the long term in all that they do, adding that positive thinking will go a long way in achieving their career goals. Each girl then received a Certificate of Participation and lunch boxes, courtesy of Cell C.
With the majority of the girls indicating that they’d like to pursue a career in tourism, the day ended off fittingly with a game drive through the Park, before heading home.