Miss Eco-Tourism World Influencer 2022 Magdalena Haingura (26) last week debuted her children’s initiative, the She Can! Girl’s development programme.
Haingura says the three-month training focuses on enhancing girls’ mental and academic development.
“It consists of public speaking training, counselling, and helping girls discover their true potential, whether it be in academics or the arts,” says Haingura.
It has always been her goal to inspire young Namibian girls to be innovative, creative, and have a hunger for success in whatever field they choose to venture into after high school and university.
“My experience as the Miss Eco-Tourism World Influencer 2022 winner gave me the confidence to finally give my advocacy a name and give it a little more focus,” she says.
Her new initiative aims to reduce teen pregnancy, teach young girls the value of confidence, publicise the benefits of pageantry in Namibia, and assisting in the identification of academic potential in young women who have a strong desire to become corporate queens in the near future.
“I always had passion for the emancipation of the Namibian girl child, and after seven years of being a voluntary mentor and coach for young girls in the Kavango regions, I started this programme, which will also educate hundreds of young girls on issues affecting them,” she says.
She believes the programme is one of the top private initiatives for girls’ development which will generate self-assured and open-minded Namibian academics in future.
Beginning next semester, the She Can! Girl’s development programme will be conducted in Windhoek, says Haingura.
In addition, Haingura, a well-known pageant director in Namibia, will send three contestants to represent Namibia in international pageants beginning in August.
“I am very proud to say that I have kept my promise as a pageant title holder and a representative of my country, and more is yet to come.”
Haingura has been directing nonprofit activities for teen mentoring and pageant training in the Kavango East area, where she also won the Miss Rundu Town 2015 and Miss Republic of Namibia first princess titles in 2018.