Young Female Leaders Experience College Life at the University of KwaZulu Natal

Campus tour 1

This past Saturday, PPI-SA hosted an all girls extravaganza for its Leadership Development Programme. Over 50 girls from 4 different communities across Durban, came together for a day of basketball and more. Hosted at the beautiful University of KwaZulu Natal – Howard College Campus, the event not only allowed participants to play on an indoor court (a rare treat in Durban), but to tour the campus and participate in an empowerment seminar lead by Nokuthula “Noks” Mnguni of Zoe Life. Events like these represent an important part of the Leadership Development Programme Curriculum as PPI aims to expose participants to different “next steps” after High School.

PPI-SA coach, and UKZN Howard Student, Thando  Msweli, shows students around the campus

PPI-SA coach, and UKZN Howard Student, Thando Msweli, shows students around the campus

The day kicked off, at 8:30AM with the campus tour. In partnership with Student Dynamics—a Howard College club with the mission of providing information about career life choices for underprivileged youth—PPI participants, experienced what it’s like to attend a university class, study in the university library and eat at the cafeteria. For some participants, like Thabile of Brettonwood High School, the campus tour was the highlight of the day.  “I enjoyed the quick look into what it looks like to attend University, and the freedom it comes with compared to high school.”

After the campus tour, participants went straight to a workshop led by Nokuthula “Noks” Mnguni of Zoe Life. As recently as 2012, PPI-SA partnered with Zoe Life to improve its programme. At that time, it was Zoe life providing trainings for PPI coaches on HIV/Aids. This time around Noks worked with PPI’s LDP girls on being confident communicators, identify role models and chasing their dreams. Ntamkigoyise from Molweni had this to say, “the [Zoe Life] activity showed me how important it is to respect one another, and our individual dreams. It also encouraged me to chase my dream of being a fashion designer.”

The event wrapped up with the girls “finally” as some put it, getting on the basketball court. Each team played two games, facing off against the same girls they just spent the morning getting to know. By the end of the day as the teams sat around eating lunch together it was clear the event was a success, new experiences had been had, new friends made, and all energy spent. PPI-SA would like to thank the Laurues Sport for Good Foundation for its support of its Leadership Development Programme, without whom events like this would not be possible.

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