Help at hand for chil­dren un­der stress

Or­gan­i­sa­tions step in for bet­ter life

Sowetan - - Lifestyle - By Karabo Disetlhe-Mt­shayelo

Kids are of­ten con­fronted by many ob­sta­cles but there are some help­ing hands out there.

COOL2BE KIND Mes­sage: Stop bul­ly­ing!

Dee Boehner is the founder and na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of the Kidz2Kidz or­gan­i­sa­tion that has been run­ning for 15 years. “It is a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion fa­cil­i­tated by the Joy of Giv­ing (JOG) Trust, which was es­tab­lished to counter the lack of ed­u­ca­tion and care ex­pe­ri­enced by many kids in South Africa, par­tic­u­larly given our trou­bled his­tory and so­cioe­co­nomic con­text.

“Cool2BeKind was born when Kidz2Kidz started a school-based project fo­cused on in­still­ing self-re­spect and re­spect for oth­ers in learn­ers. Through this project we re­alised there was a mas­sive need to teach chil­dren about the im­por­tance of kind­ness.

“The need for the project grew when prin­ci­pals of schools ap­proached us to run the kind­ness cam­paign in higher grades, where bul­ly­ing was very preva­lent. We then adapted our pro­gramme ac­cord­ingly.

“The Cool2BeKind team pro­vides train­ing pro­grammes where we train ed­u­ca­tors about how to con­duct anti-bul­ly­ing ses­sions in their class­rooms, and schools.”

Vol­un­teers can con­tact info@kidz2kidz.co.za or regis­ter on www.kidz2kidz.co.za

I COM­MIT Mes­sage: Stop ju­ve­nile im­pris­on­ment Mo­lato Phak­wawo is chair­per­son of the Fu­ture Lead­er­ship Ac­tion Strength Hope (Flash) or­gan­i­sa­tion.

I Com­mit is one of its cam­paigns and seeks to em­power Grade 7 pupils by tak­ing them to pris­ons.

“We take the kids to the prison in Ga-Masemola in Lim­popo. We tar­geted this spe­cific place be­cause it is no­to­ri­ous for be­ing crime-rid­den and there is a ba­sic men­tal­ity in the com­mu­nity that there is noth­ing more to life than that of crime.

“Be­ing a delin­quent is nor­mally seen as the only solution to mak­ing ends meet.

“So this cam­paign is our way of curb­ing crime in our com­mu­nity, as we be­lieve that ed­u­ca­tion starts at an early age.”

Phak­wawo said that after these vis­its, the pupils sign a com­mit­ment form, vow­ing to not com­mit any crimes and to stay away from crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cam­paign has spread to other schools in the area.

TAXI WHO Mes­sage: Stop ab­duc­tions

This is an­other cam­paign un­der the Flash or­gan­i­sa­tion, and it seeks to curb the ab­duc­tion of women and chil­dren on taxis.

“The cam­paign is a part­ner­ship with, amongst oth­ers, taxi as­so­ci­a­tions where we seek to put a stop to com­muters be­ing ab­ducted.”

Phak­wawo said this cam­paign was also be­ing de­vel­oped into an of­fi­cial Taxi Who ap­pli­ca­tion, which can also be used by chil­dren who board taxis to and from school.

/ KIDZ2KIDZ

Kids par­tic­i­pate in an anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign at a day­care cen­tre in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.

/ FLASH

Grade 7 pupils from Makan­tane Pri­mary School take part in a read­ing and spell­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Ga-Masemola po­lice sta­tion. This is part of Flash’s cam­paigns to pre­vent chil­dren from crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties later in life.

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