Initiative empowers girls

2019-09-03 06:01
Learners were encouraged to think positive and stay focussed despite all the social ill in their communities.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Learners were encouraged to think positive and stay focussed despite all the social ill in their communities.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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A joint initiative by local organisations put female learners under one roof to transform their mindsets.

Dubbed recoding for a successful mindset, the event was held at Kensington High School on Tuesday 27 August.

It was organised by the Kensington police, in partnership with ward 56 councillor, Helen Jacobs, the Safe Schools Programme and the City of Cape Town’s recreational and parks department, as part of the Women’s Month celebrations. Learners from various schools in Kensington and Fatrecton attended the event. They also interacted with the speakers who focused on ways for girls to overcome life challenges and encouraged them to build a bright future for themselves.

Kensington police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill said they wanted to show learners that there was still hope despite all the social ills in the community.

She said it is easy to tell the girls to have dreams but they need proper guidance to achieve them.

Grill said initiatives such as this give the girls confidence to seek help from community leaders and other stakeholders.

Jacobs hailed the event a success. She said it gave the girls a better understanding of the significance of Women’s Month. It also provided them with an opportunity to express themselves.

She made no secret that the Kenfac community schools experienced a high drop-out rate, with boys more vulnerable than girls, but added: “Girls drop out for various reasons including teenage pregnancy and substance abuse.”

Jacobs said school drop-out destroys communities and such interventions will go a long way to change the trend.

“We need academics to come out of our communities,” said Jacobs.

Chief executive officer for Help to Care South Africa and chair of the provincial Freedom Park committee Latasha Storm was the guest speaker.

Storm told the learners not to let their past determine their future. She informed them about her personal life struggles. She told the girls she was once homeless and would go to bed without food.

Learners praised the event. They said it helped them to see things differently.

Kensington High School learner Zander Jones said: “There is so much happening in our community. It affects our academics because sometimes we are scared to attend evening studies, especially when shooting occurs more often. We lose lot of time and have to catch up again when they stop.”

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