As an organisation that focuses on the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women, the Thobeka Khubisa Foundation hosted a dialogue with the Democracy Development Programme (DDP) on 25th February 2022. The dialogue was hosted for 93 Grade 11 and Grade 12 girls of Zeph Dlomo High School in KwaMashu, North of Durban. The theme of the dialogue was titled “Lead(H)ership: Amplifying girls’ voices” as it sought to start the conversation of girls’ leadership from a high school level; discussing the concepts of leadership, democracy and civic education within their school and community context. By hosting this dialogue, we were able to learn together with the girls on the concepts of leadership, democracy and education, particularly within their school context. We were able to discover the level of knowledge that the girls already had prior to our intervention and were able to identify gaps in knowledge. Overall, the girls were very engaged and actively participated. This dialogue equally enabled them to learn and was also a space that enabled them to speak up and voice their opinions.
Rise Mzansi KZN Convener, Nonkululeko Hlongwane-Mhlongo, IFP President VF Hlabisa, DDP's Partner Liaison and Development Officer Mbalenhle Mkhize and Executive Director Dr. Paul Kariuki at the DDP Civic Education Conference.