Empowerment is defined as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights” (Oxford Dictionary). But empowerment can also have many different meanings to different people—depending on their experiences, circumstances, hopes, and dreams.

So we asked some of our students to tell us just what empowerment means to them:

 

“To me empowerment means an opportunity of make my dream come true”

To me empowerment means an opportunity of make my dream come true - Zinhle Ngcobo
 

“Career change”

Career change - Emetse Motheo

 

“It involves taking responsibility for myself and my life as well as creating mental and emotional climate in which I can grow and move forward.”

Empowerment involves taking responsibility for myself and my life - Jealous Foroma

 

“Gaining wealth of knowledge”

Gaining wealth of knowledge - Minden Immanuel

 

“Empowerment to me mean permit, authorise and allow. And this is exactly what Oxbridge Academy does.”

Empowerment to me mean permit, authorise and allow. And this is exactly what Oxbridge Academy does - B. Morosi

 

“Success, productive, employable, promotion, critical thinker, prosper, educated, experience.”

Success, productive, employable, promotion, critical thinker, prosper, educated, experience - Minden Immanuel

 

“It means giving employees skills, resources, and opportunities as well as making them responsible and accountable for what they’re doing.”

It means giving employees skills, resources, and opportunities as well as making them responsible and accountable for what they're doing - Legodi Shibe

 

“Empowering myself involves making myself the authority on what holds true for me, what I want to do and how I will do it.”

Empowering myself involves making myself the authority on what holds true for me, what I want to do and how I will do it - Jealous Foroma

 

What does empowerment mean at Oxbridge Academy?

Empowerment is the cornerstone of everything we do here at Oxbridge Academy. Click on the button below to find out more about how we empower our students:

Empowerment through Education

 

What does empowerment mean to you?

If you’ve got your own definition of empowerment, share it with us in the comments box below so that others can benefit from it as well!