Mentoring initiative growing

Vuyolwethu Ndongeni

THE two women who co-founded the school pupil “adoption” initiative Nankumntwana have teamed up with Nelson Mandela Bay’s Small Enterprise and Development Agency, in a programme to introduce previously disadvantaged pupils to entrepreneurship.

The agency, Seda, recently hosted four high school pupils from New Brighton, aged 13-15, as part of its Adopt a School Take a Girl Child to Work Day, where they shadowed Seda staff members for the day, seeing first-hand how an organisation operates.

The co-founder of Nankumntwana, Sinazo Tundube, said: “each of the four girls will have an opportunity to spend 15 minutes with each staff member. They will have exposure to how the Seda branch operates.”

At the end of the day, they will not only learn about entrepreneurship, but also about how to answer the phone, send a fax and so forth,” she said.

Seda Nelson Mandela Bay branch manager Xolani Singeni said the day was the first phase of the Adopt a School initiative to expose the children to the world of entrepreneurship.

Tundube and partner Zanele Diniso founded Nankumntwana to help disadvantaged pupils by finding them sponsors to pay for school fees, uniforms and tutors.

“Because Nankumntwana already works with schools and pupils, it became a natural partnership with Seda who were looking for schools,” Tundube said.

Diniso explained that “Nankumntwana has also branched out on its focus. We are not just finding sponsors for the pupils, but also working on developing their skills.” This is also in line with Seda’s aim to encourage pupils to consider self-employment, she said.

“Our role also as Nankumntwana, and with the help of Seda, is to prepare pupils for self-sustenance and to not only rely on formal employment,” Tundube said.

Since Nankumntwana’s formal launch in March this year, they have had a positive response from the public and private companies.

“We’ve now had individuals wanting to spend the day with the child. We’ve never allowed this before, but decided to be flexible as it also helps them decide to later sponsor the child’s education,” Diniso said.

Further information on Nankumntwana from Diniso, 073-542-3800, or Tundube, 072-972-5441, or join their Facebook page, Nankumntwana Adopt A Child.

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