In April 2019, the GSP celebrated its greatest milestone yet -- our first-ever university graduate! Congratulations to Nomusa on earning a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources from the University of Johannesburg (UJ)!! We are so proud, and also happy to support Nomusa in pursuing a Bachelor of Technology at UJ, enabling her to specialize with the field of HR and qualify for a higher-paying job.
In 2019, we have 8 GSP graduates in 5 universities in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) - 5 at UNISA, 1 at UZKN, 1 at Mangosuthu University of Technology and 1 at the University of Zululand. These amazing young women are true pioneers -- not only in our program but also in their home community! In April, these young women met in Durban with two KYP leaders for two days of mentoring and visiting.
In 2019, Thapelo Siasia, KYP's hardworking, dedicated Vocational Development Manager, has kindly taken on the task of regular communications and administrative and logistical support of all our university girls. We are so grateful to "Sia" for adding these duties to the enormous responsibilities he already carries for KYP!
In July 2018, another Mark Day School delegation of students, families, faculty and administrators visited the GSP at eSibonisweni Primary School for 4 days. Along with the rest of the school community, the GSP scholars and mentors warmly welcomed the delegation, including Joe Harvey, Head of Mark Day School, who was visiting for the first time.
GirlScholars' co-founder Lynn West and GSP partner Kliptown Youth Program co-founder Thulani Madondo visited the 5-12th grade GSP students, their families and teacher mentors in their home community in April 2018. Lynn and Thulani also pursued job training options for graduates who are not able to pursue tertiary education.
In 2018, the GSP again engaged Melusi Ndlazi, a very able tutor, to support our high school girls who struggle with math, and to guide the 12th grade girls in particular in preparing for their year-end matriculation exams. Those exam scores are the primary determinant in the university admissions process.