Mayor launches girl child mentorship programme

2016-05-05 06:00
At the launch of the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign (from left) Nompumelelo Mgobhozi, Mayor Ntombifikile Gumede, France Zama and Sphelele Ndaba-Makhanya.

At the launch of the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign (from left) Nompumelelo Mgobhozi, Mayor Ntombifikile Gumede, France Zama and Sphelele Ndaba-Makhanya.

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UNDER the auspices of Child Protection Month that takes place in May every year, the Ugu District Municipality mayor, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede, launched two significant initiatives - Take a Girl Child to Work 2016 Campaign and the Ugu District Municipality Girl Mentorship programme - on Tuesday.

They were launched under the Take a Girl Child to Work theme of “Dream, Believe and Achieve”.

In an effort to advance the commitment made four years ago to protect and care for girl children, the mayor led a management delegation of 40 members from the district’s municipalities, sector departments and community structures who pledged to be mentors that will teach and expose girls about diverse work opportunities.

Six rural schools from across the district - Mlotshwa Secondary, Sister Joans High, Nani High, kwaHluzingqondo High, Sizophumelela High, Idwala Lesizwe High and St Martins de Porres - were the identified beneficiaries of the programme.

Five pupils per school will be part of the municipality’s first girl mentorship programme where young pupils will be empowered on how to build their self-confidence and challenge them to discover and reach their full potential.

This programme will be implemented on 25 May during Child Protection Week.

The Ugu mayor in her address at the event said: “Child protection should be everyone’s business and the investment by the municipality in the girl child of today means a better district and a better country.

“This initiative contributes towards the development of strong, smart, bold girls and will go a mile in preparing a core of future women leaders, who will be vibrant contributors to the economy and leading job creators of our country.”

The mayor appeals to all sectors of district’s economy to play their role in contributing meaningfully towards shaping the career choices of girl children.

“We must continue to nurture girl children to become vibrant contributors to the economy of the country.”

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

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