Pupils flock to talk shop for the girls

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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.

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GIRL EM­POW­ER­MENT: Girls from var­i­ous schools in East Lon­don at­tended the I am ‘ME’ Con­fi­dence Con­fer­ence for Girls

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