The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede, will host 300 young girls in a three-day camp, focusing on young women empowerment, leadership, and their crucial role in achieving sustainable development and influencing a positive change within their communities.
The girl child boot camp will look at various key challenges that effect young women and addresses how they, as young women, can overcome those challenges. The young women chosen to participate in this programme are between the ages of 12-14 years, and represent the 110 wards across the eThekwini municipality.
Selection criteria for these participants was based on the positive change they have made in their communities and their ultimate willingness to be custodians, driven towards making a positive change within their respective wards and communities. These young women have displayed tenacity and great enthusiasm in participating in various community projects. These young ladies have been identified as the future leaders within their communities and with the boot camp programme, they will be further groomed to be true community leaders and role models.
The girl child boot camp will kick off on the Friday the 4th of January with a keynote address by the Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede, Dr Thandeka Ndlovu and global human activist, philanthropist and actress, Ms Nomzamo Mbatha.
On Saturday the 5th of January, the young women will also be involved in a morning workout session that will address the importance of health and wellness as young women, conducted by celebrity fitness trainer Mapule Ndhlovu, better known as Queen Fitness. Other speakers in this exciting life changing programme will include Emmy Award nominated actress Thuso Mbedu, and award winning actress Jessica Nkosi – just to name a few. The girl child boot camp will address numerous topics and will take on a holistic approach in promoting overall wellbeing of these young women.
Speakers will also include various non-profit organisations and NGO’s that have made a commitment in ensuring that these young ladies are empowered and inspired. Religious leaders are also invited to take part to participate in this programme.