Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, continued the country-wide Read to Lead Campaign, Second Chance Matric Support Programme and Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme Roadshows in Lawaaikamp, outside George in the Western Cape Province on 27 October 2018. The community hall was filled to capacity as approximately 300 out of school youth came to acquire information about the opportunity to re-write their matric through the Second Chance Matric Support Programme.
Several Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs), including the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA), the Food and Beverages SETA, the ETDP-SETA and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) were present to provide career guidance and share bursary information, including Vodacom E-Schooling. Lawaaikamp has many youth who have not completed matric and are unemployed, despite being a township nestled between Knysna and George on the coastal stretch known as the Garden Route.
Minister Motshekga encouraged the youth to acquire their matric qualification, as it is the key to opening the doors of opportunity. The Minister also encouraged learners with a matric and a university entry pass to register online for the Funza Lushaka Bursary, which covers all tuition fees for those who want to take up teaching as a career. The Minister handed out a 3-book pack in local languages (Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa) to all those attending as part of the Read to Lead Campaign, urging them to read and rotate the books amongst their friends and family, to instil a reading culture in the community.