K4L delivers Girls United in Berea
Through its partnership with the Embassy of France in South Africa, Kick4Life has taken the Girls United programme to the district of Berea for the first time, with 89 participants graduating through the programme at Mabote RC Primary School.
The curriculum was delivered over a period of 14 days, where, on one of the days, their male school-mates were invited for a mixed-gender session where they all participated in a tournament that challenged gender discrimination and promoted gender equality.
At the graduation ceremony, one of the participants, Ntšebo, said, "I am thankful to Kick4Life for coming to our school to teach us all these important things that we were not aware of, which include...where we can report cases of abuse. We promise to keep all these lessons and live by them, also, we will teach our friends who were not able to attend these sessions."
School teacher, Miss ‘Mampoi Lebona congratulated all graduating students and thanked K4L for delivering the sessions, stating: "What you did with these kids is amazing. I sometimes wished I could be a part of the sessions but unfortunately, I could not, because you had your rules. Since our students attended these sessions, there has been a drastic change in their behaviour in the classroom and towards the environment. This really taught us that we as their teachers also need those skills."
On behalf of Kick4Life, Community Programmes Director, ‘Maphoka Puky Ramokoatsi thanked the school for opening its doors, adding: "A huge thank you to the students for showing up for sessions and to you boys who attended the mixed-gender tournament. We hope you all learned from this programme and we hope you live by the messages we were trying to convey."