GK Wits Chapter Leadership Training at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls


The Golden Key Chapter from Wits University reached out to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and presented a Leadership Training programme over the weekend of 27 Augus 2010 to Grade 11 pupils. The training was conducted by Wits Registrar, Dr Derek Swemmer, as he serves as the Golden Key Chapter Advisor. Dr Swemmer taught the students the importance of teamwork, problem-solving, leadership skills and decision-making processes.

This activity formed part of the various projects Golden Key chapters take on to make a difference in the lives of the community, because through the empowerment of the youth each individual will have the skills to reach their full potential. The Chapter President, Derick Mohlala said: "Leadership is one of Golden Key International Honour Society's three achors. The other two are academic excellence and community service."

Golden Key, an international Honour Society aimed at unlocking young peoples’ potential spreads its wings and did just that for the girls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

This year, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Golden Key in South Africa and in the spirit of Women’s Month, the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter decided to host the 2010 Leadership Workshop for the first set of matric (Grade 12) hopefuls at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Each year, the University of the Witwatersrand Chapter (Wits) hosts a Leadership Workshop for students. The workshop uses experiential learning to challenge participants to think outside the box in brainstorming solutions to issues students and young people are often faced with whilst at school and university. True to Golden Key's ethos, the workshop content varies each year yet inevitably touches on the three pillars of Golden Key; Academic Excellence,Leadership, and Service.

On the 21st of August, the Executive Committee and advisors, Dr Derek Swemmer (former Registrar at Wits University) and Mrs Lamese Abrahams (Head of the Student Development and Leadership Unit) helped facilitate the workshop titled “Action Centred Leadership.”

Debbie Dlomo, an aspiring Chartered Accountant says: “The leadership workshop was one of the most fulfilling and educational programmes we've had this year. We are constantly addressed by ambassadors from US colleges, but having representatives, let alone students from a South African University, has broadened our perspective around the fact that South Africa has a broad and diverse education system. In fact, most of us are now considering applying and studying in SA. You have really opened up a network pool for us and we will use you as a resource whenever needed”.