Take a Girl Child to Work initiative enters 13th year

By Drum Digital
06 May 2015

Sandown High School played host for the launch of Cell C's Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on Tuesday morning

There have been 650 000 girls that have taken part in the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative since it was launched 13 years ago and 400 companies across the country have since offered female mentors to the programme.

On Tuesday morning, Sandown High School was chosen as the venue to launch the new year's participants with the theme "Dream, Believe, Achieve" as the driver behind the campaign.

The initiative's "Fairy godmother" and ambassador Sophie Ndaba played MC for the morning much to the delight of the audience.

"It's an honour for me because I was once that young girl who needed support while growing up. The fairy godmother vision is always about the dream, the achieving through a dream so my role reminds them, 'dream, it's not impossible'," Ndaba gushed.

Another familiar face was Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie, who also serves as an ambassador for the campaign and shares similar sentiments with Ndaba.

"This initiative is important to me because I aspire to empower young women in South Africa,"Laurie stated.

"I had something similar when I was younger because my grandmother took me to the doctor when I was about 12 years old and that's when I realised that I didn't want to be a doctor because of all the blood and the needles. So initiatives like this help young girls experience the real thing and not what they see on television," she said.

Mulalo Nekhumbe who is an alumnus of the programme in 2004, can attest to Shabangu's ambitions because she has reaped the reward of the programme by becoming an investment bank with Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.

"I'd tell the girls involved in the programme to take a leap and ask as many questions as you can and start it in Grade 10 so by the time you're in Matric, you would have encountered different career paths," she said.

To get a taste of the event, Here are some pictures:

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