iNSPIRE is a leadership programme focusing on Grade 9 girl learners from rural and township public schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Free State Provinces.
Today iNSPIRE programme has reached 1002 grade 9 girl learners from 103 public high schools leading their iNSPIRE clubs in their respective school, having a ripple effect on 92 229 boy and girl learners through sustainable projects that iNSPIRE changes in their lives and schools. The programme’s primary goal is to address the issue of gender inequalities and poverty in our communities by developing and challenging girl learners’ perceptions of self, promote emotional well-being and support them to grow as young leaders in their communities becoming the positive role-models our youth long for.
The programme targets 10 girl learners (5 youth at risk and 5 positive role models) from 10 secondary schools per province – 100 girl learners accompanied of 20 educators. The programme consists of 2 journeys over 4 days.
The first camp themed “Me, Myself and My Journey” focuses on self-discovery and self-reflection about values, understanding who we are and standing up for what we believe in no matter our life experience or background. Through this journey, girl learners heal their emotional wounds. Then, they are asked to reflect on their school environment to identify a challenge and create an iNSPIRE Club to rally other learners and the whole school behind their project and lead their team towards realistic, practical solutions, with the guidance of their educators.
Whilst the second camp themed “My Journey through Leadership” focuses on equipping our learners with leadership and communication skills through games; role-plays; creating leadership art galleries and last but not least, having motivational talks by business leaders from various spheres of society. Our monitoring is driven for four years enabling Valued Citizens Initaitive to track their beneficiaries until matric.
I passed matric in 2017, I am now in Third year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal studying medicine. I learnt to communicate effectively, become an independent woman and the best version of who I could be, thanks to iNSPIRE leadership programme.