Spotlight on Mahlabathini Youth
The Phakamile Mazibuko Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education (DoE), Mahlabathini Circuit Management Center (CMC) commemorated women’s month by launching a schools upliftment programme for learners in Zululand District.
The launch hosted by the Phakamile Mazibuko Foundation, was held at the eHlathini Lodge in Ulundi on Friday 06 August 2021. Foundation Founder, Phakamile Mazibuko, speaking at the event explained that when she started the foundation her core goal was the betterment of the girl child, who grow up in rural communities and attend schools situated in rural areas like her.
Phakamile Mazibuko, explained to guests that being from KwaCeza,Zululand she also came from a poorly resourced school. Which is why she is passionate about uplifting such communities. more especially the girl child. #dut #education pic.twitter.com/2tYhk6T2yw
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“I come from this area, and I know the dynamics at play here, the girl child often bears the brunt of poverty in their homes. It’s hard for them to see beyond the poverty and societal stereotypes,” said Mazibuko.
At the launch, Mazibuko stressed that the aim of the foundation is to prioritize women and host workshops that would tackle issues pertaining to womanhood, touching on women hygiene, morals, health, finances, leadership, and self-defense because Gender-Based Violence is one of the critical challenges facing rural women.
When Mazibuko started the foundation, she visited schools in Mahlabathini and saw the need for an approach that would fill the academic gaps that exists due to the lack of resources within the academic program and include personal growth workshops, centered around motivation, and self-esteem building and overall well-being.
DoE, Chief Education Specialist, Xoliswa Cele, commended Mazibuko for this initiative, saying that representation was crucial for girls especially those who are from impoverished communities, for them to be motivated and to see beyond the socio-economic constraints of their community.
Cele further requested that @DUT_Tweets assist the schools with a more holistic approach. Saying training & educating their learners was vital, however up-skilling the teachers was crucial.She suggested workshops focused on their well-being as educators#dut #educationmatters pic.twitter.com/AfoEIchf8H
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“I would benefit the girl children immensely if they could be equipped with skills that are not curriculum-based, such as leadership programmes and that their future isn’t limited to getting married off and having children,” said Cele.