Byline: Kelebogile Masemola
26 April 2022
The Journey Arts and Career Centre held a successful event at Mabopane Square Shopping Centre in, Tshwane on Sunday, 24 April 2022, with a huge turnout of children who came to participate brought by their parents.
The kids’ edutainment event bridges the gap between parents and children as far as career guidance is concerned.
Cheryl Maepa, Founder and CEO of The Journey Arts and Career Centre said her passion for youth and community development is what has inspired her to invent Arts & Lego Buddies.
“Arts & Lego Buddies is one of the tools we use for our career guidance, fusing art and technology,” said Maepa.
The event’s activities include Arts & Lego, beading, reading and lego robotics.
They will host more events throughout 2022 at local malls in Tshwane to create awareness.
“We would like to encourage parents to register their kids on our career guidance programme where we use Art & Technology to create a platform of opportunities,” Maepa added.
Although these events create a positive impact on children and parents, assumptions and attitudes concerning the event have been two major challenges that the event organiser has experienced.
“Children have missed the opportunity to be part of the event because parents assumed it is expensive for kids to participate no matter how much we emphasised that the event is free,” she said.
“I am touched by the work that The Journey Arts and Career Centre has done and my child is definitely registering at The Journey next year.
“We have been waiting for something like this, our kids are lost and we don’t know how to help them anymore,” said Kefilwe Nchabeleng, a parent who attended the event with the child.