- A young South African lady is one of many others who are being given the opportunity to realise their dreams of taking to the sky
- An initiative that was started by Kelly Slingers who wants to see more female pilots in the sky is aiming to help the young woman and many others get funding for their studies
- According to the pilot, their aim is to scout young girls that excel in maths and science who are interested in becoming pilots
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Kelly Slingers is a local female pilot turned humanitarian who is looking to make a big difference in the lives of underprivileged young ladies who have hopes of one day also taking to the sky in their own aircraft.
Slinger's initiative, which is called, Plane Project, looks to scout out underprivileged young women who have excelled in the fields of maths and science and are looking to enter the field of flying but are unable to do so.
Lesego Mahlodi is one of the young women who Slinger has taken under her wing. While she is currently hunting for funding to pursue her studies, Slingers is certain that will secure the funding soon.
“We identify the learners who excel in maths and science. It betters their chances of getting into the air force or if they go the private, civil aviation route for bursaries with the South African Civil Aviation’s Authority.," said Slingers according to a Facebook post.
One proud local, Craig Marckwardt, had this to say about the post:
"Brava! (And not in the NATO alphabet sense.)"
In other inspiring news, Refilwe Ledwaba, the first black woman in South Africa to fly a helicopter, is on a mission to teach young girls to fly. She is the founder of Girl Fly Programme in Africa Foundation, BBC reports.
It's a nonprofit organisation that encourages girls to take up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. The Foundation organises an annual week-long aviation camp for 14- to 18-year-old girls in Southern Africa, Briefly.co.za learned.
In addition to learning about robotics and aviation, the teenage girls get a free flying lesson each from Ledwaba.
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