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UWC Economics Stands Out at Sarepta High

UWC Economics Stands Out at Sarepta High

“Having a good education is key to having a good future for you and your family – and an education in Economics can help with that,” said Economics lecturer and master's student, Carmen Christian Lopes, speaking to over 800 high school girls at Sarepta Secondary School earlier this year.

Christian Lopes was attending a Sarepta Secondary career day hosted by the Probation Crime Prevention and Victim Empowerment Programme. The Kuils River school had recently experienced cases of drug abuse and violence amongst female scholars, and female speakers from different professions spoke about their careers in an attempt to motivate girls to stay in school, and to make them aware that they have choices about their future and where their careers are going, inspiring them to be all they can be.

Retreat-born Christian Lopes coordinates the UWC Economics Department Stand Out Campaign. The campaign, launched during campus orientation this year, attempts to enlighten high school pupils and university students about how economics and education can transform their lives, and how they can differentiate themselves from their fellow graduates by taking (and majoring in) Economics.

“Economics and education can transform lives,” she explained to the Sarepta learners – not least because the quantitative and qualitative skills acquired in Economics are highly sought after in the labour market. Lopes also explored how an understanding of economics could help students understand the world and make their mark on it. 

She enlightened the learners about subject requirements for high school. “Maths and science are extremely important for the future,” she noted, “and having good grades in Maths assists in getting accepted into an economics degree.”

But good grades are only part of the story, Christian Lopes advised. “Hard work pays off,” Lopes advised. “It's not an easy journey to achieving your goals, but hard work pays off when you persist.”

Deirdre Collins, a 17-year-old Sarepta High School pupil who attended the talk, intends to study at UWC next year. “I'm passionate about both Law and Economics,” she said, “so it is my dream to study B.Com Law.” And she'll do her best: “This programme today inspired me to work hard and plan for my future – which starts today,” said Collins.