Sibongile, the Director of Women’s Leadership and Training Programme, Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, was able to visit us here in Devon for a few days last week.
She was visiting the UK as part of the ‘Atlantic Fellows’ program which is based here in Oxford.
Her visit has enabled us to get to know her better and to confirm to us that the programme that she will be running for the teenage girls of Centocow from September is just the type of thing we need to support.
Because she has lived in the Centocow area for most of her life Sibongile was able to give us a much deeper understanding of the issues that need addressing within the area. This will inform us in our planning and involvement with other projects for the benefit of the Centocow community.
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Thanks to funding from the Simmons Grant Fund administered by the Quakers, Devon-Centocow-Link is pleased to be able to contribute to the funding of an exciting new project for teenage girls in Centocow.
Sibongile Mtungwa who grew up in this rural area was trained under the Women’s Leadership Training Programme (WLTP) in 1994. From a shy unassertive rural girl with the traditional prospects of an early marriage and the limitation of her background, she threw herself into the reflective and empowering principles of growth and development which underpin the training. After studying for a degree in Development Studies in Dublin University, Sibongile became the director of the WLTP in 2008
WLTP is a non for profit organisation which began in 1985. The aim of this project is to bring about changes in gender relationships. Girls will be empowered to advocate for their education and gender rights. They will be shown the educational and vocational opportunities which exist for them when they delay pregnancies and teenage marriages and learn how to refuse the roles which are culturally expected of them.
Sibongile will now return to her home area to train a group of 24 girls. From a 3 day residential workshop the girls will work together supported by their school and volunteers and work on building self- confidence, knowledge and broadening their world view. There are practical skills too which will enable some to find employment in birding in the local environment which is rich in biodiversity and rare indigenous forests well known for the variety of birds. Amakhuze and Madzikane, (nearby areas) both contain some of these precious indigenous forests and the newly trained girls could become involved in identifying and preserving different species of wildlife in their areas.
We wish Sibongile all the best in this new training scheme and look forward to developing our relationship with her and finding out more about the outcomes.
Read more information about the Women’s Leadership training Programme at https://www.wltp.co.za/who-we-are/