Pupils flock to talk shop for the girls
The second annual I Am “ME” Confidence Conference for Girls was held at the Robbie de Lange Community Hall in West Bank on Saturday September 01.
Pupils from various schools including Ebenezer, Umtiza, Mzokhanyo, Green Point as well John Bisseker High School took part.
Conference founder Thandiswa Magqeleba said the idea came to her while she was working in Alice where she would visit schools and give motivational talks and presentations.
She said she created the conference to empower young girls.
“Kids don’t open up to their families and this affects their decision making. The conference is not only teaching girls to be empowered but also to take care of one another. We also want to build their self-esteem and confidence, so that we may breed a generation of young women leaders who help each other,” she said.
The day saw a number of presentations on various topics, a sharing of experiences between pupils, and motivational talks by mentors.
Epitomely PRM founder and mentor Sandiswa Mgolozeli said the conference was a safe place for pupils to discuss problems without being judged.
“We want to be the mentors we never had and to create a fun and sophisticated day where they can learn and have fun, and then leave feeling important and worthy. We also want to build women who are strong and warm, who will align their purpose with service and serve others as well as we are serving them,” she said.
GIRL EMPOWERMENT: Girls from various schools in East London attended the I am ‘ME’ Confidence Conference for Girls