Mango Airlines’ mission is not to only provide access to affordable flying, it’s to also provide youth access to developmental opportunities within the aviation industry. On Friday 14 February, we did just that with our Go Discover Love campaign as we introduced young kids to the aviation industry at OR Tambo International Airport. We empowered young children from Kiddies’ Hope Day Care Centre by immersing them into the world of aviation. They had an educational tour through every department in the Mango Airlines Head Office, shadowing their heroes who usher the Mangoland travellers safely to their destinations every day.
The tour through Mangoland included a walk-through of the airport, the Mango head office and the SAA technical department. This experience introduced the kids to the day to day activities of all the functionalities of Mango Airlines. The children had an opportunity to fly with Mango, and for most this was the first time they had ever been on a plane. The children took a return flight from Johannesburg to Durban, which really was an opportunity for the children to live their dream.
As part of their job shadowing for the day, the kids shadowed ground staff as little cupids and handed out Valentines Treats to Mango Guests as they checked in; much to the delight of the Guests.
Every year, Xolani Sithole, the founder and principal who runs Kiddies’ Hope Day Care Cantre takes the oldest kids from the school (about 12-15 Grade R learners) on an educational tour. The goal is to expose them to varying and exciting professions in order to encourage early childhood development, with the belief that the earlier they are exposed to the professional world, the better.
It’s never too early to introduce young children to what might be their future profession, It’s why we’re so passionate about our GoDiscover campaign. We hope to plant a seed that might grow within them throughout the years and grow the next generation, and hopefully, generate future Mangonites.