The Dobsonville community participated in a Second Chance Matric Programme Roadshow which took place at the Forte High School in Soweto, Gauteng Province on 11 November 2017. The Roadshow attracted learners, out of school youth, parents and the religious communities from Emseni and Umuzi Wabazingcwele Churches of Zion.
The DBE, through its Second Chance Matric Support Programme, has been working with provinces in recruiting young people who did not complete the NSC to enrol for the Programme. The Programme is an open platform for all learners who did not meet the requirements of the NSC or the extended Senior Certificate and provides support through face to face classes, Multimedia Broadcasting Solutions, a Digital Online Course, as well as curriculum support resources to candidates. The initiative was an example of how government programmes empower the youth through quality education.
The DBE also presented learners from Dobsonville High School, PJ Simelane Secondary School and George Khoza High School, who are aspiring to become teachers, with information about the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme. The DBE established the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (FLBP) in 2007 to recruit motivated and academically gifted youth to make teaching a career of choice. The aim of the Programme is to attract young, motivated and appropriately trained teachers into the teaching profession. The Funza Lushaka website provides valuable information for applicants and prospective teachers and can be accessed at www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za. The online application system opened on 01 October 2017 and will close on 12 January 2018.