The Gauteng Department of Education has launched yet another school of specialisation, the Jet Nteo Commerce and Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation – with a focus on Tourism and Hospitality – in Boipatong, Vanderbijlpark.
The department said the significance of Boipatong’s history beckons a transformation. It said the rationale behind the establishment of a Commerce & Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation is rooted in the imperative of reinvigorating the township economy, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty.
“In this context, the establishment of Jet Nteo as a Commerce & Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation holds profound significance. This institution is poised to serve as a beacon of hope within the township, ushering in a new era of opportunity and prosperity,” said the department.
The commerce subjects complement the entrepreneurial spirit by providing learners with essential business and accounting acumen, equipping them with the skills necessary to initiate and operate their own businesses.
The resources available at Jet Nteo Commerce and Entrepreneurship School of Specialisation are essential components of comprehensive education, collectively shaping well-rounded learners destined for success in business and entrepreneurship.
The school’s Entrepreneurship Hub fosters innovation, the Maths Park hones analytical skills, the Outdoor Furniture Factory imparts practical craftsmanship, and our Museum instils cultural appreciation.
Meanwhile, the Tourism exhibit explores lucrative industry opportunities, the Commerce Centre equips learners with financial acumen, and the Hospitality Centre imparts hands-on culinary and service experience.
Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane said this array of display “underscores our commitment to preparing learners for a dynamic role in the local and global economy, emphasising versatility, innovation, and cultural awareness in entrepreneurship”.
“The benefits accruing to the community are multifaceted. Entrepreneurship begins with the inception of an idea, often stemming from community-based research to identify and address pressing local challenges. Notably, learners from the community are empowered to undertake this vital research and subsequently contribute to resolving these challenges.
“An overarching benefit for the community lies in the creation of employment opportunities, facilitated by those learners who evolve into entrepreneurs themselves. This virtuous cycle of employment generation and economic rejuvenation is poised to breathe new life into Boipatong’s economy,” said Chiloane.