Boitelo students graduate from Girls United
On 1st November 2022, 35 girls from Boitelo School graduated from Kick4Life's Girls United (GU) programme.
The participants were capacitated on how to maintain good health & wellbeing and were given lessons on various areas of knowledge and life-skills, including how to safely tackle gender-based violence, gender rights education and the self-confidence to pursue their goals in life. This included raising awareness of the cultural barriers and gender norms that can restrict them from doing the things they love, and providing guidance on how these barriers can be overcome.
Kick4Life, as a football club for social change, includes football in its sessions to engage young people and to facilitate the learning process with Girls United carrying an important message that football is not restricted to males. The school was also awarded an appreciation certificate for partnering with Kick4Life in delivering the curriculum sessions to the students.
Kick4Life’s Director of Women’s Programmes ‘Maphoka Puky Ramokoatsi said: “I would like to thank the management of Boitelo Primary school for allowing us to deliver Girls United sessions to its students. I would also like to thank you students, for giving us your undivided attention throughout the time we have worked with you. I hope you take the lessons and use them in your daily lives to make you the best versions or yourselves and better people in the community. You should also pass on the knowledge to your peers who were not part of this programme so that they too have ideas of how to be their best selves. ”
The school’s principal, ‘Malerato Lekhooa thanked Kick4Life and stated, due to the situations of some kids, she wished the intervention had come sooner. “Some of these kids are very vulnerable and as a result have low esteem, which sometimes affects their academics, but ever since they started sessions with Kick4Life there is a huge difference; they are lively and are slowly opening up. Thank you so much Kick4Life, we hope to work with you again next year."