In­spir­ing girls

An ex­cit­ing new ini­tia­tive is aim­ing to em­power, ed­u­cate and in­spire young women across Nor­folk and help pre­pare them for the fu­ture

EDP Norfolk - - Education - Nor­wich High School, 95 New­mar­ket Road, Nor­wich NR2 2HU, nor­wich­high.gdst.net

NOR­WICH HIGH School for Girls has in­vited women from all walks of life and at dif­fer­ent stages in their ca­reers to get in­volved in the ‘In­spir­ing Fe­males’ scheme, led by pupils. Since the launch of the project, which also in­volved pupils from Flegg High School at Martham and Fram­ing­ham Earl High School, it has had a hugely pos­i­tive im­pact on the teenagers tak­ing part.

The in­au­gu­ral three-day con­fer­ence held last sum­mer at Nor­wich High School for Girls, in­volved around 30 women who vol­un­teered their time to speak to, men­tor, work with and in­spire over 190 girls be­tween the ages of 13 and 15. The pro­gramme in­cluded key­note speak­ers, net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, Q&A panel dis­cus­sions, work­shops, ac­tiv­i­ties and well­be­ing ses­sions.

Such was its suc­cess that a sec­ond con­fer­ence is planned for this sum­mer and there have been a num­ber of events hap­pen­ing through­out the year, and it is hoped that more schools will be en­cour­aged to get in­volved.

Girls who have taken part in the pro­gramme say that it has made them think pos­i­tively about their fu­ture, made them con­sider how they could pur­sue their am­bi­tions and boosted their self es­teem and con­fi­dence.

Among the events com­ing up are ‘In­spir­ing Fe­males on Tour’, where girls will get to work with women who are sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive, and an ex­cit­ing mum and daugh­ter event to cel­e­brate Mother’s Day.

If your school would like to get in­volved in the project, see www. in­spir­ingfe­males.org.uk

Be­low: The In­spir­ing Fe­males ini­tia­tive

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