“Through the process of helping their mentees, the mentors also showed positive changes as they learned to manage their time between their academic commitments and the programme. They became more self-disciplined,” she said.“I noticed that the mentors also seemed to experience personal growth as they became more confident after witnessing how they were serving as role models to these girls and helping mould them to become better persons,” she said. The mentors for the Footprints programme were selected from students enrolled in QIU’s Special Needs Education, Communication and Early Childhood courses.
“I think the experience was beneficial to both the mentors and mentees,” she added.Through our flagship Maharani programme, we reach out to adolescent girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and support them to develop self-confidence and realise their true potential. The Footprints mentoring programme is introduced to the Maharani girls to assure these young girls that there is someone who cares about them, someone they can talk to and help to deal with the day-to-day challenges they face. The friendship between the mentor and mentee helps the girls understand the world around them a little better.