To celebrate International Day of the Girl, we took six students to the WOW Foundation's event on the Southbank. They took part in speed-mentoring event on the London Eye and then saw Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo being interviewed by WOW's president Jude Kelly.
Clara said that you had to work to achieve your dreams and that girls need role models because "you need to see it to be it". She spoke of her own role models as a black girl growing up in south London, and encouraged the students to seek inspiration from women who have succeeded and fought against discrimination of various kinds from gender to race to class. It was a great day and our students found it really encouraging.
This is what some of them said about it:
"One thing I learnt during this day was how many opportunities we have and that there are so many available professions that are both fun and interesting." (Year 12 student)
"I found Clara Amfo’s talk very interesting as she is a black woman in media, which is very inspiring to me." (Year 12 student)
"I enjoyed female empowerment and the advice we got from other women" (Year 10 student)
"I really enjoyed the event because I got loads of good advice from the mentors, they told me how to plan for future and to keep my options open. I also enjoyed the talk which I thought was really inspirational." (Year 10 student)
"It was a really motivating and enlightening event" (Year 10 student)
"It has heightened my aspirations to continue my education into degree level." (Year 12 student)
"It gave me confidence to know that’s it’s okay to not know exactly what you want to do and how important it is to do something that you enjoy." (Year 12 student)