“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
Similar to this quote, the girls learned about their individual intrinsic value through the ‘Prosperous Paths: Fostering Female Leadership’ programme session on 8 November 2016.
The programme session kicked off with the learners reintroducing themselves to each other and the new participants of the programme. However, many of the learners have already started to make new friends in the programme, and before the programme started, they were already having side conversations about women’s empowerment and the topics from the day before.
Throughout the day, the girls were tasked to come up with different ways to uplift themselves and fellow Namibian women from poverty. After intricate discussions, the learners collectively agreed that pursuing ‘blessers’ or ‘sugar daddies’ is not a viable solution to alleviating themselves from poverty.
The learners then watched a testimonial of a young girl talking about her ‘sugar daddy’ experience. This video fuelled further floor discussion amongst the learners, which allowed the learners to look within themselves and evaluate their own teen behaviour.
This session laid a platform for self-discovery. The learners then came up with ways that they could be the best that they can be and to present their unique and positive talents. In a dynamic discussion, the girls expresssed the importance of learning from mistakes, being unique and different, not focussing on pleasing others, taking well calculated risks and letting their actions speak louder than their words
After the theoretical portion of the programme, the learners took part in a practical session through which they were tasked to reach out to their mentors/role models on social media and ask them questions. Some of the people the learners engaged with included; the First Lady of Namibia, their moms, their school principals, public figures and UN Resident Coordinator Kiki Gbeho.
The learners asked their mentors/role models various questions, sparking educational and fruitful engagement. Some of the questions that were asked included:
- What challenges did you face to get to your current point?;
- What advice would you give on becoming a female leader?; and
- What is your motivation in life?
Conclusively, it is safe to say that the group learned about how sharing their unique talents with the world and being the best they can be will help them to achieve their dreams. The learners promise to implement the solutions that they came up with and the things they learned not only in their lives but also in the lives of their peers.