School Teaches Teenage Girls How To Change Tyres And Check Oil Levels As Part Of New Initiative

Teenage girls in a school in Sydney, Australia, have participated in a workshop that taught them the importance of car maintenance.

Things have changed a lot in the past several decades, and women no longer live in a male-dominated world. Therefore, apart from equal rights, men and women share the responsibilities as well, so the education system has to catch up to this dynamic.

Young women need to feel independent, capable, and confident to enter the adult world, and one school in Australia decided to help them in this, so they taught them the importance of car maintenance.

Stella Maris College is an all-girls Catholic school in Sydney. The school was contacted by Galmatic, Sydney’s “car educators”, and this was the beginning of the workshop that taught Year 11 girls to change a tire, check tire pressure, monitor oil and coolant levels.

The students were also given instructions on what to do in the case of an accident.

According to the website of Galmatic:

 “At Galmatic we help Australian Women and Teenagers to feel comfortable behind the wheel through our hands-on car maintenance workshops and online courses.”

Eleni Mitakos, who has run Galmatic for the past 13 years, explained:

“We teach up to 100,000 teenagers a year in schools, across all parts of Sydney. […] The primary aim is for teenagers to feel comfortable behind the wheel. Ultimately they are driving very big vehicles which can be very expensive if not looked after properly. […]

We can’t stress enough to all our students you should never ignore a problem with your car, you need to address it for your own safety.”

Moreover, the assistant principal for wellbeing at the school added:

“We had three groups of roughly 40 girls in what we call an incursion (event on school grounds). The feedback was very positive, the ladies from Galmatic were very patient and thorough in what they were explaining. All the teaching staff and our principal Elizabeth Carnegie felt a workshop like this would be beneficial for many reasons, mainly skills the girls need to learn before they leave school.

It was also important to show the girls that they have the capabilities to handle situations themselves once they are on the road, rather than rely on someone else.”

The initiative impressed everyone! The workshop was popular among the students, and the whole idea was received well. People said that young people need to be taught relevant skills these days, and the skill of knowing a car inside out is as vital for a teenager, as “cooking, sewing, and taxes.”