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The Future of the African Daughter project (FOTAD) is a girl-child development project for girls aged 12 to 19 years who come from previously disadvantaged areas.
The project aims to change the life of the ordinary girl from the township, the African daughter, by providing practical and meaningful guidance and skills to girls participating in the project. The girls are encouraged to break away from negative lifestyles and mindsets, and instead are encouraged to dream and work towards a positive future for themselves. The project provides a constructive and safe environment where each girl is taught to dream, plan and achieve.
FOTAD gatherings happen every Saturday, from the morning until the afternoon, where the girls participate in a range of activities, workshops and outings. At the FOTAD gatherings the girls are equipped with knowledge and invaluable skills to help them make better informed decisions in their daily lives, so that they too, one day, will make a success of their lives.
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The ReDineo scholarship was founded in January 2010 when a RAUCALL alumnus decided to give back to her alma mater. “RAUCALL gave me the opportunity to believe that I was capable of achieving whatever I put my mind to. I wanted to give back and give others the opportunity that I had.”
ReDineo quickly grew attracting successful young individuals; many professionals; and fellow Alumni of RAUCALL. The staff and governing body of RAUCALL provided confidence in ReDineo.
With a feisty and rather zealous team and support from the school, ReDineo set about providing scholarships to 6 high school learners in its year of inception, as well as successfully hosting leadership and mentorship activities. By 2012, ReDineo has spread to more schools and offers 15 scholarships.
SEIFSA (Steel and Engineering Industry of South Africa)
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The human face of each engineering discipline:
The goal is to identify and select outstanding young female graduates and to grow each engineering discipline. The graduates publicize their backgrounds, career and career progression over a period of time (e.g. 5 years or 10 years). This would allow for our known, identifiable role model for the next generation of school leavers whose progress can be tracked. Also this project would enable industry role players to publicize career opportunities in engineering in their own environments and encourage their transformation facilities. We need to beneficiate our human resources to grow the economy and engineering has a key role to play.
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My dream is that the Women in Engineering and related sectors are the first women to do away with racism, by legislating to change the Employment Equity criteria in the Charter specific codes in these sectors. The women who took part in the march in the 50’s to Pretoria to effect change were women of all races, yet our generation are now saddled with quotas and employment equity constraints, that result in dividing women instead of uniting them.
During our panel discussion young black women engineers described how insulting it is in the work force to be viewed as part of the “EE Quota”, and for white women, who have spent their lives being viewed as inferior to men, they now must stand behind their black sisters as well as men.
I believe that the Women in Engineering and the Built Environment should stand together as a true sisterhood and embrace and support each other without prejudice. Women in this sector are in the minority and gender recognition is the battle to be fought together, without further division in terms of race.
Dr. Megan Russell
University of Johannesburg
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"Medical Technology for all ..."
Assessing the needs of rural doctors, nurses and clinics, and developing medical technology especially for them. We have huge engineering resources, but rural clinics struggle to do simple tests (such as blood pressure and simple eye tests) that only need basic technology. Let's harness our resources and save some lives. We don’t need medical equipment from overseas, let’s make them for ourselves. African solutions by African Engineers!