South African girls face unique challenges during their high school careers. Not only are they navigating the intricate life of being a teenager, but they also have the pressure of stereotypes and living life in a country where girls are still facing issues that girls in other parts of the world don’t have to.

At our high school in Witbank, we are committed to giving our girl students a safe and productive learning environment where they can grow into the young women they were meant to be. That said, here are some things young high school girls and parents can think about while choosing a new high school in Witbank.

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Challenging Gender Stereotypes

High schools can play a vital role in challenging these stereotypes and promote equality. 

Encouraging girls to pursue subjects traditionally dominated by boys can help broaden their career aspirations. And by promoting inclusivity and highlighting the achievements of women in various fields, high schools can inspire girls to believe in their capabilities and pursue their dreams, regardless of societal expectations.

Fostering Leadership Skills 

High schools should be a fertile ground for future leaders, and girls should have an equal right to leadership positions. 

By providing opportunities for girls to develop leadership skills through student councils, clubs, or community initiatives, schools can empower them to become confident, assertive, and compassionate leaders. 

Nurturing these skills equips girls with the tools they need to excel academically, to succeed in their careers, and to make a positive impact in their communities.

Promoting Mentorship and Role Models 

Positive role models and mentors are invaluable in a girl’s journey toward empowerment. 

High schools can foster relationships between girls and inspiring female mentors, such as teachers, professionals, or alumni. 

Through mentorship programmes that provide guidance, support, and are a source of inspiration, girls can navigate challenges and look forward to a future filled with possibilities. 

By showcasing successful women who have overcome obstacles and made significant contributions, high schools create a supportive environment that encourages girls to dream big.

Providing Comprehensive Sex Education 

Empowerment goes hand in hand with knowledge and understanding. 

High schools should provide comprehensive sex education that equips girls with accurate information about their bodies, relationships, consent, and reproductive health. By promoting open and honest conversations, high schools can help girls make informed decisions, develop healthy relationships, and take control of their reproductive choices. Empowering girls with knowledge empowers them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Environment 

Finally, high schools should foster an environment that is safe, inclusive, and free from discrimination. 

Creating policies and initiatives that address bullying, harassment, and gender-based violence is crucial. Schools must ensure that girls feel comfortable expressing themselves, sharing their opinions, and participating in all aspects of school life. Celebrating diversity and nurturing a culture of respect allows girls to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

South Africa is making great strides in education and while girls do still face some hard challenges, they are in a better position than ever before to have world class careers in everything from the medical to the financial world. And it all starts with their high school education.