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"IT HAS BEEN A TRUE PLEASURE TO OBTAIN PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO THE ACTIVITIES OF BOXGIRLS IMPLEMENTED ON THE GROUND DURING MY VISIT TO THE BOXGIRLS MATHS CLUB IN KHAYELITSHA.   I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR YOUR WORK AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR IMMENSE CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT OF YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN IN THE DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH THE USE OF SPORT."

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Sports for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)

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“We could see how the children like it, they were anxious to attend and you could see that they were happy to be a part of the Boxgirls. With mathematics we could see they improved when we did our assessment and you could hear from them that they were helping one another. They always come to us to give us feedback how Boxgirls is doing. They also come on Saturdays, they will come and they will help one another. They love it. (…) I will recommend Boxgirls to any school. (…) You can see what it is doing to these kids. It’s not only Maths and English, but even their self-esteem has been built, they are more confident than before, they can express themselves, so I will recommend it to other teachers.”

Teacher at Isikhokelo Primary School

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At the very beginning there were just a couple of learners attending, a little bit sceptical and hesitant, but, as Boxgirls continues, the attitude has changed a lot, because now you have a bigger group. There are changes in discipline (…) there is more discipline than before. The teachers (…) saw that this is not something that will be on their shoulders. as time goes on they see that it is just helping children to come and giving support to them so that the program can continue. (…) There is also more self-confidence. Girls attending Boxgirls can stand up in class, maybe you know her as somebody who is shy, but now as she continues going to this programme, it boosts their confidence.

Teacher at Vuzamanzi Primary School