QUEEN contestants for this year's Vodafone Hibiscus Festival are being taught to view criticism as an opportunity to grow.
Hibiscus Event Group public relations manager and queen contestant co-ordinator Lice Movono-Rova says this is why they are attending numerous workshops in the lead-up to the festival next month.
Mrs Movono-Rova said as organisers, they were committed to contributing to the development of the contestants.
"The queens are being taught to view criticism as an opportunity for growth, as a means of better handling public scrutiny and criticism," she said.
"Given the way a contestant was victimised by certain members of society, the queens have been made to remember that while a large portion of society will praise their Hibiscus involvement, some will have little appreciation for how hard it is to be under scrutiny and under the spotlight with little preparation."
She said that while the festival's objective was community development through fundraising, they were also encouraging the contestants to be civic-minded community leaders.