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GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY 2021

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Johannesburg. As South Africa honours Heritage Day on 24 September this year, the GFPA is celebrating and recognising the cultural wealth of our nation in a global collaboration with the Women in Aviation International (WAI) and their annual international Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD).

This year thousands of girls (ages 8 to 17) around the world will experience the 7th annual #GIAD21 hosted by WAI Chapters and Corporate Members. Since WAI's first annual international GIAD in 2015, the event has grown every year. In 2019 alone, GIAD met more than 20 000 attendees participating in 119 events in 18 countries. In 2020, WAI launched the Aviation for Girls App, and thousands of girls from nearly 60 countries participated throughout the year.

The GFPA have partnered with UNICEF, Airbus Foundation’s Little Engineer, the WAI Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) World Wide (WW), in the  USA, NACO Airport Consultancy and Engineering, and McAuley House High School to host the #GIAD21 in Johannesburg.GFPA will be hosting 118 girls and boys (in smaller groups to adhere to COVID-19 protocols) for a fun morning of activities to celebrate GIAD and our South African heritage. As our learners have attended a 5-week course in 3D Design and Design Thinking, during the event they will be showcasing some of their designs. The girls and boys will be exposed to other emerging technologies such as drones and 3D-printing. A lot of fun will definitely be had at this year’s GIAD on Heritage Day.


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