Little things can tip the scales in raising empowered young people
22 August 2019
Marlene Le Roux, CEO of the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town and award winning human rights activist, emphasised the importance of compassion, respect and positive role models when looking at empowering women as well as men to thrive in a modern society where traditional family roles are changing.
Le Roux was interviewed by Neville Goliath, presenter of the programme Ek en My Kind on Radio Tygerberg on the eve of Women’s Day.
Goliath is a behaviour specialist with the WCED and co-presenter of the weekly radio programme that essentially focuses on educational support to empower parents as partners in education.
Le Roux, who describes herself as a born and bred teacher, said parents should pay attention to the little things that are often the building blocks in how children are raised to eventually take their place in leadership positions at work and other areas of their life.
She said at Artscape, the focus is not only on productions but also on empowering young girls to establish their own identity and self-image in terms of their aspirations, religion, faith and education. Le Roux said children should be raised to care about others and volunteer their time and skills for the betterment of society.
“Parents should be mindful about the way they speak. If you are positive about life, you will send a positive daughter into the world and if you speak negatively, you are going to send out negativity.”