Spirits skyrocket as peer group makes it

2015-06-25 06:00

Childline staff members Cheryll Morilly, Nyameka Mzamo, Eilene Michaels and Sibongisiwe Sibelo with four learners from participating schools.

Childline staff members Cheryll Morilly, Nyameka Mzamo, Eilene Michaels and Sibongisiwe Sibelo with four learners from participating schools.

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No amount of load-shedding could dampen the spirits of Childline Peer Supporter participants who gathered at the Noluthando School for the Deaf for their graduation last week.

It was an action packed affair with all five schools involved intent on producing a good farewell act for their mentors.

Learners from Luhlaza High School, Masiyile High School, Intlanganiso High School, Thembelihle High School and Matthew Goniwe High School had undergone a Peer Counselling- Mentorship Programme.

It is specifically designed to build capacity, enhance skills, and establish goal directed behaviour amongst young people who meet the criteria of being a Childline Peer Supporter.

The programme accommodated 20 Grade 10/11 learners in each school, who have been trained in various aspects relating to personal growth, social issues and counselling skills.

These young people will utilize these skills and integrate them on the level of their peers to serve as custodians and support.

Learners who have participated in these activities have attended twelve workshops, over 11 months and they are supervised by Childline Social Workers as well as the Life Orientation educators, to ensure quality intervention.

Childline Training Co-ordinator Nyameka Mzamo said the graduation was to thank and encourage “these learners and their parents, along with the school principals and educators involved in the programme.”

“We celebrated the dedication and sacrifice of these young people over the past 11 months,”she said.

Childline senior manager Cheryl Morrill said the course will help learners discover inner strength.

“Who knows, maybe some of them will end up being social workers when they grow up,” she said

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