The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) today hosted learners from the Garankuwa-based, Modiri Secondary School, at the Batho Pele House in Pretoria, for the Take a Child To Work Day program. The program aims to expose children to the world of work and ignite their career interests.
The learners were treated to various presentations by DPSA staff members, who advised them on future career choices. This was followed by a walkabout to the workstations in various branches within the department, where they got to observe the daily activities of public servants.
Acting Deputy Director-General for Human Resource Management and Development, Nyiko Mabunda, led the learners to the office of Deputy Minister Dr. Chana Pilane-Majake.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the pupils and encouraged them to dream beyond their circumstances, saying, “You’re the future leaders. No matter where you come from or your circumstances, you can be whoever you want to be. Education and hard work are the keys to success.”
The learners said they were thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with professionals and to learn about the numerous career options available to them and that the experience has undoubtedly inspired them to pursue their dreams and work towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.
The Deputy Director General Administration, Linda Dludla, in addressing the learners, said the Take a Child To Work Day initiative is a crucial part of the DPSA’s efforts to promote youth empowerment and inspire the next generation of professionals.
“The department remains committed to investing in South Africa’s youth’s growth and development, helping them realize their full potential and contribute positively to the country’s socio-economic development,” she said.