Clinical Sociologist and UKZN academic Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan, gave a motivational talk to an audience of Grade 11 learners during the annual Adventure into Womanhood programme presented by Soroptimist International Durban.
The event is designed to inspire, motivate and empower girls who come from schools based in historically disadvantaged communities in and around Durban.
Seedat-Khan, who was among speakers who identified important skills necessary for the girls’ academic journey, said: ‘Learning is a lifelong process that begins at birth and ends at death. Learning educates us and helps us change the world. Without learning we would have no progress.’
One of the speakers was Ms Kiara Nirghin, the regional winner for the Middle East and Africa and one of 16 global finalists in the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award. Nirghin, from St Martin’s School in Johannesburg, will travel to the Google headquarters in California for the awards ceremony this month.