Take Ten Thousand Girls to Work is an annual Job Shadow Program by Junior Achievement (JA) Zimbabwe held each September. During this week JA Zimbabwe partners with companies and institutions to bring female students (Form 3-6) to shadow their employees for half a day to a day. The program matches young girls with professionals in their fields of interest, giving them exposure to the world of work, and opening up doors of opportunity to career paths they would otherwise not know of or aspire to.
Kuda Vana was thrilled to have six girls participate in this exciting program this past September. They were assigned to two companies, a radio station called Diamond FM and National Blood Services Zimbabwe.
In addition to learning the educational and skill requirements of the various jobs in each business, the girls were briefed on topics like workplace sexual harassment and how to handle and report it. This is especially important for our girls, as many of them experienced abuse prior to coming to Kuda Vana and are learning what is and is not acceptable behavior.
Viola says of her experience:
“I learnt a lot about how radio works. The day was inspiring and motivating…Radio is fascinating. I would like to work in the Producing station.”
“I really enjoyed it and have learned a lot about blood and its storage. I learned that there are four blood groups, A, B, AB, and O. We were also taught how blood is donated, tested and stored. I would love to work in a blood bank one day. It was a very interesting experience for all of us and to know what work is all about.”
Kuda Vana is grateful to have partners like JA Zimbabwe, and look forward to participating in many more programs like these!