and Mission Statement
The Aurora Project
started in 1996 to support South African
adolescent girls and school teachers from Soweto, with the objective of
motivating them to enhance their self-esteem, and enabling them to lead
fulfilled lives as persons in their own right, as well as in their
roles as wives and mothers.
The Aurora Project, which
has been successfully running for 16
years, is a collaborative project of the South African Association of
Women Graduates, Soroptimists International of Johannesburg and
Kingsmead College, Melrose, Johannesburg.
for the year 2010
Seminars in 2010
Three very successful seminars were held:
- Term 1 - "Life After
Matric" - Grade
12 - 65 girls
- Term 2 - "Balancing My
Life" - Grade
11 - 69 girls
- Term 4 - "Leadership
and Management Through Technology" -
Grade 10 - 102 girls.
Many girls attend all
seminars over their last three years of
There is usually a total of 100 girls from five schools in Soweto at
each seminar however the numbers do fluctuate according to
Attractive certificates are produced for each seminar. Each attendee is
presented with her certificate, on which her name is inscribed, at her
own school assembly during the following week. The certificates appear
to be prized by the girls.
Simple assessment questionnaires have been drawn up and the girls are
asked to complete them before receiving their certificates.
- Seminar Evaluation
Information from the
Opinion Surveys does assist the committee
with the planning of future seminars.
Future of the Project
However successful the project is, and we are achieving at least some
part of our aim, we do realise that we are touching only a very small
number of the girls who need to be motivated to realise their full
potential. We need to decide how the programme could be
Grade 8 Project
As a result of the growing concern of the participating schools of the
increasing number of pregnancies in the schools the teachers have asked
that the Aurora Project be extended as an intervention programme for
the Grade Eight pupils in the schools. Working with the teachers a
programme has been drawn up and permission has been granted by the
Principals to run the programme. The plan is to work with the
boys and girls from the five schools
Unfortunately the present Committee does not have the capacity to
undertake such a project. A facilitator is, however, being sought.
Money has been set aside
from a Soroptimists’ fundraiser
for the project, mainly donated by a firm through a Kingsmead Old Girl.
The financial position is sound but further resources are always sought.
At the request of the Heads of the schools there is a charge of R25.00
for each participant with the proviso that any girl who cannot afford
is not excluded. (The charge is to be increased to R30.00 in 2012.)
A get-together was held in Soweto, at the Wimpy in Moponyo Mall, in
order to thank the staff members of the Schools involved in the
project, who assist in so many ways.Gillian Wilkinson and Margaret
Edwards also held a brief discussion with the attendees to ascertain
the commitment of the schools to the Project. They were
in their support for the project continuing.
The assistance of Kingsmead girls at each of the seminars over the
years has been greatly appreciated and the visitors so enjoy the
interaction they have with the Kingsmead girls. The ongoing
support of the Heads of Kingsmead, Miss Gillian Wilkinson, the
organising staff, printing staff and the catering staff has been quite
Without the ongoing financial support from the Soroptimists to pay for
buses and to the members of SAAWG who assist in the presentation of
modules in the seminars it would not be able continue with the
project. We are most grateful to them.