Wathint’ abafazi, Wathint’ imbokodo! If you strike a woman, you strike a rock!
During August, South Africa celebrates the inspiring women (past and present) who have fought for women’s rights. MIET AFRICA is proud to highlight that its work has a strong focus on the upliftment of girl children and young women, reducing gender-based violence and other crimes committed against our female population. We strive to ensure equality, particularly when it comes to ensuring the right to education.
“Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that pays homage to the women of our nation; – the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government.
“Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi,
In May, the 2015 Keeping Girls in School (KGS) career jamborees programme was launched in the
Sisonke District in KZN, with 1130 girls participating.
These jamborees are held in each of the 30 project schools for their Grade 9 female learners, and are
a source of great excitement. The KZN Science Centre is the implementing partner in KZN. It seeks to
ensure that at the jamborees the girls are provided with information on subject selection in relation
to the various career options available. This is facilitated through a motivational talk by the Science
Centre’s education officer.
The jamborees’ programme includes a focus on psychometric testing of learners through selfinvestigation
of their aptitudes and abilities, personality traits, attitudes and educational
achievements–with the aim of allowing learners to discover more about themselves and, by using
the tools provided, create personal milestones towards their educational achievement and career