Girls celebrate who they are

2019-08-29 06:01
Girls from four High Schools from Gugulethu celebrated Women’s Month.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Girls from four High Schools from Gugulethu celebrated Women’s Month.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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About 500 girls from different high schools in Gugulethu were celebrated last week as part of Women’s Month.

The girls came from Gugulethu Comprehensive School, ID Mkhize High School and Fezeka High School and Siviwe School of Skills.

The event was organised by Abiona Africa and the provincial department of education.

Abiona Africa is a non-profit organisation (NPO) that was started in 2017 by two young women Thandokazi Maguga and Yonela Kitise.

Maguga said they started the organisation to instil self-pride among young girls and to teach them about who they are.

The celebrations were held at Gugulethu Comprehensive School on Thursday 22 August.

Maguga said the purpose of the event was to unpack social, educational and safety issues faced by young girls in society.

“We want young girls to know who they are, what they want and to try and bring solutions to challenges they are faced with,” she said.

She added that they are teaching the girls to stand up for themselves and be confident.

Maguga said she has seen positive results with the girls she interacted with and if they can work well with their parents they would see change in the country.

She said the challenge they face working with young people is their behaviour which is caused by their different backgrounds.

Maguga added that she would love to have such events daily in every school throughout the country and not just only during Women’s Month.

A Grade 10 learner from Fezeka Simthandile Vanqa (16) said after attending the event she learned the importance of standing up for herself.

“I learned to be confident when communicating and interacting with others, it was really important for me to be part of the event,” said Vanqa.

Another Grade 10 learner of Gugulethu Comprehensive Nolubabalo Dlova (16) said she learned how to treat herself as a young girl. She said she learned that she must always love herself and always know who she is.

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