Author and motivational speaker, Charley Pietersen handed out books to learners at the Petunia Secondary school in Heidedal this morning as part of his project to mentor boys around the country.
Pietersen, who has written five books already, handed out copies of his books to schools across Bloemfontein this week. His latest book is titled “Boy Child you matter”, which is aimed at empowering boys and young men who don’t have a father or father figure in their lives.
Fatherlessness affects millions of children in South Africa, Africa and around the world and according to Pietersen he wrote the book because of what is happening in the country at the moment. “At this stage everything is just about the girl child, and there is no initiative for the boy child. If you only empower the girl child, you leave the boy child neglected and confused. The same boy child who is not empowered is going to marry this girl child that is empowered, and that is where conflict in marriages starts,” said Pietersen.
Pietersen travels around the country talking to boys about values and mentorship because according him mentorship is key. “I am visiting schools across the country, including orphanages to talk about the importance of mentorship because a lot of the kids grew up without fathers and there are no father figures in their lives,” said Pietersen.
Pietersen also encourages leaders in their communities together with sport stars and other men to mentor boys without fathers to help them become the best versions of themselves and not fall victim to gangsterism and crime.
Gary Brown, Manager Distribution at Standard Bank in Bloemfontein showed his support this morning in the handing out of the books. Brown told Bloemfontein Courant that Standard Bank got involved to show the kids that there is hope and that one should always follow your dreams.
“Standard Bank’s vision is to change lives in the communities we serve and we got involved with Charley Pietersen because he followed he’s passion and he is involved with the community,” said Brown.
Pierce van Heerden