A Daughters of Africa Girls Seminar was held in Namibia last week Friday on the 27th of September, a day before the “Day of the Namibian child”, an annual celebration of all those who will soon be the future leaders of the country.
The seminar took place at the main campus of the University of Namibia with 12 schools in the Khomas region participating under the theme “Dream it, be it, it’s your time to shine”.
The Daughters of Africa project under Star for Life is giving additional resources to female learners who have been negatively affected by poverty by focusing on three objectives: Sexual reproductive health and rights, Gender-based violence and Entrepreneurship.
Ms. Helga Kubas a Gender-based based survivor shared her experience. And encouraged to recognize abuse in the early stages and report it as soon as possible before its too late.
Learners from the 12 schools had an opportunity to sell their business ideas to the audience through presentations and activities.
Business inspirational speaker Ester Hamukoto gave learners some ideas and business tactics on how to make it in the business world. She said, “never be afraid to be a hustler”, encouraging learners to always be prepared to grab opportunities with both hands. She also made a donation of N$ 500 that will go towards the agricultural group of learners that presented on the day.
Mrs Mabaso thanked all the speakers on the day for their words of support and motivated learners to support each other by buying from one another.
Mariane Akwenye guest speaker on the day shared some secretes to success, such as living your purpose.
The day was also blessed with a performance by one of Namibia’s best female artists, Top Cheri, who gave remarkable performances that made everybody present on the day sing and dance along to her incredible music.
Ms. Ayesha Wentworth, who was the keynote speaker said during her speech, “We should all contribute in whatever way we can to ensure a society in which sexual reproductive rights are recognized and valued, and to ensure equitable and accessible sexual and reproductive health services to all young girls in Namibia”.
Thank you to all representatives from different departments, development partners, heads and reps from different civil society organizations, principals and teachers for making this day a success.
A special thanks goes to Waltons for donating stationary, Naila’s boutique for donating pens, Nomad Spa for providing training for DoA girls under the massage therapy. Standard Bank for making it possible for girls to open free accounts for their businesses and receive free trainings, Boks Café restaurant for availing training and job opportunities for qualifying Girls Club learners. Ministry of Sports Youth and National Services with a donation of 100 pens. Our partners, Hand in Hand, for making it possible to conduct the entrepreneurship training successfully. The University of Namibia for providing us with the venue free of charge, the City of Windhoek for providing discounted transportation for the girls. And to our main sponsor Postkod Lottery, without their support and sponsorship, this project would not have been possible.
We also thank all private individuals who donated gifts for all the learners to receive.
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