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TechnoGirl: Making opportunity possible

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Okumu
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Okumu
Julian Morudi holding her Vision Board, and her mother Jane.

7 March 2017 - TechnoGirl, a Department of Basic Education and UNICEF initiative, is an innovative job-shadowing programme for girl high school learners who have an interest in and display an aptitude for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These learners are identified and placed in a structured job-shadowing initiative in private and public companies, with the assistance of UNICEF.

19-year old Julian Morudi from Tembisa, outside Johannesburg, was part of a group of girls selected to intern at Dimension Data, a digital solutions company based in Johannesburg. Here, Julian was inspired by her colleagues, some of whom shared a similarly disadvantaged background. Her mentor encouraged her and the other girls to create “vision boards” of their future aspirations. Julian soon came to the realization that it is not how one begins their journey, but it is rather about one’s own determination, hard work and the support one receives from ones family, peers and mentors.

UNICEF South Africa/2017/Okumu
© UNICEF South Africa/2017/Okumu
Julian and Jane walking through their neighbourhood.

Graduating from high school in 2016, she achieved six distinctions and aims to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Witwatersrand. This is despite coming from difficult economic circumstances where her family is dependent on the child support grant and a disability grant.

When asked how she copes with her living conditions and still manages to achieve such remarkable academic results, Julian responds that she “makes sure I am at school by 6am to study before class and I wake up in the middle of the night to study again,”. With the vision of a successful future supported by initiatives like TechnoGirl, the sky is indeed the limit for Julian.

“Tembisa” is an isiXhosa word which means ‘promise’, and it is thus fitting that Julian’s story is one of resilience and opportunity – which UNICEF has helped make possible.

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