Grade 7 learners in the Deep South are invited to join a holiday programme at the Forward Fund Academy in Kommetjie Road, where they will learn skills that will be put to the test at a weekend camp in the fourth term.
The holiday programme ends on Friday 5 October and the skills to be tested include sewing, basic computer skills, how to draw up a budget and basic mechanics.
Alexandra Weber, a Grade 9 learner at Fish Hoek High School, attended the programme last year because she has always enjoyed working in the community and her dream is to run a community-based project involving equine therapy. She joined the GirlsNet Project last year and assisted with the 1000 Women event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. She has a knack for project coordination and is passionate about people. She was also involved in the Women’s Shelter Sewing Project for the 1000 Women Trust.
WomensNet and GirlsNet is a non-governmental organisation that strengthens women’s and girls’ use of information communication tools for movement building for social change. Through the strategic use of information communication tools, they promote access and the right to information and freedom of expression. They believe that deep sustainable change for women’s rights requires women’s collective action.
Alex was looking for something meaningful to do during this short holiday and met Tina Thiart from Forward Fund and they came up with the GirlsNet Power Leadership Programme.
The thought process around it was to empower girls in Grade 7, who are about to embark on their high school careers, and to equip them with knowledge that is not generally covered, like simple sewing, mechanics (changing a tyre, changing a wiper blade), electronics (changing a light bulb, connecting a plug), general fire safety and awareness, entrepreneurial skills to generate some pocket money, as well as things like planning for the future, building vision boards, setting goals and working as a team.