Par­ents and pupils talk openly

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Charles Mor­gan Sec­ondary School pupils got the op­por­tu­nity to voice their con­cerns and fears when the bumb’INGOMSO Be­hav­iour Change and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion team hosted a Par­ent-Child Di­a­logue at their school in Gins­berg on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 19.

The Par­ent-Child Di­a­logue pro­vided a great plat­form for both the pupils and par­ents to com­mu­ni­cate openly with each other.

The bumb ’INGOMSO team as­sisted in fos­ter­ing healthy fam­ily re­la­tion­ships by pro­vid­ing psy­cho-so­cial sup­port dur­ing the di­a­logue.

There were also so­cial work­ers in at­ten­dance to iden­tify prob­lems and in­ter­vene when there was a need for me­di­a­tion.

Ques­tions and con­cerns were raised on an open plat­form, al­low­ing each group to clar­ify some of the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional mis­un­der­stand­ings that are a bar­rier for ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion in homes and com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing the di­a­logue, some pupils said they wished their par­ents would un­der­stand that they got in­volved in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships as teenagers, and needed their par­ents to teach them about sex.

In re­sponse, the par­ents said they were not com­fort­able with the idea of their chil­dren be­ing in­volved in ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships, and en­cour­aged them to fo­cus more on their stud­ies.

“The par­ents were par­tic­u­larly grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and com­mit­ted to take the con­ver­sa­tions into their homes, and by do­ing so, be able to as­sist their chil­dren with es­tab­lish­ing in­di­vid­ual val­ues, which will en­able them to make healthy and pos­i­tive de­ci­sions about their lives mov­ing for­ward,“train­ing co­or­di­na­tor Lin­dokuhle Msele said.

Msele said the two-way di­a­logue had helped em­power par­ents and their chil­dren to com­mu­ni­cate more ef­fec­tively with one an­other.

So­cial worker and out­reach fa­cil­i­ta­tor Anezwa Gcil­it­shana said: “I feel the di­a­logue has ef­fec­tively changed how par­ents think about their chil­dren, and chil­dren also have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their par­ents.

“Good par­ent­ing prac­tices that en­cour­age bet­ter in­ter­ac­tion and un­der­stand­ing and lim­its vi­o­lence among them have been de­vel­oped.

“Par­ents have also been en­abled to foster closer re­la­tions with their daugh­ters and good open com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills were fa­cil­i­tated.”

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