Trauma centre opened

2015-11-05 06:00
Athandile Mboniso, Sesona Mbalase, Xolelwa Vintwembi, Adriaan Grobler, ER24 trauma counsellor, Madoda Mahlutshana, the school principal, Nonkosi Xengana, teacher and Dr Mvula Yoyo, Transformation Executive for Mediclinic Southern Africa, during the o

Athandile Mboniso, Sesona Mbalase, Xolelwa Vintwembi, Adriaan Grobler, ER24 trauma counsellor, Madoda Mahlutshana, the school principal, Nonkosi Xengana, teacher and Dr Mvula Yoyo, Transformation Executive for Mediclinic Southern Africa, during the o

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Learners from Chris Hani Arts and Culture High School who have been exposed to different bad behaviour will no longer have to deal with the traumatic experiences in isolation..

This comes after Stellenbosch Mediclinic and ER24 joined hands to work with the school in providing the trauma counselling facility that was unveiling last Friday.

The school was identified as one which has a strong demand for assistance after it came to light that some of the have been directly exposed to violent crime within their own homes, sexual assault, abortions, suicide and other things.

The learners will have access to an ER24 trauma counsellor, Adriaan Grobler, who will have sessions with them on Wednesdays.

Grobler said trauma causes one to lose ability to dream and also becomes a stumbling block for the person to achieve their goals.

“It (trauma) is anything that changes your view of the world. It takes people a step away from their dreams. We all go through it at times,” he said.

Mediclinic refurbished the sick bay to include a fresh coat of paint, a sink, new bed, curtains and other items to ensure that when a student is either unwell or needs a place to receive counselling that this is available in a safe and positive environment.

School principal Madoda Mahlutshana, said some learners go through trauma at homes because their fathers abuse alcohol.

He said he became concerned after some students came to his office to share their traumatic experiences with him with hope of getting healed.

Mahlutshana then approached Dr Mvula Yoyo, Transformation Executive for Mediclinic Southern Africa, for professional assistance.

“Some learners have come to my office to share their traumatic experiences with me. I saw that in a very serious light.

This service is needed to make the school one of the best in the country. We are confident that we will now be able to achieve the 100 percent pass rate that we want through the project,” Mahlutshana said.

The services will be provided free of charge.

Dr Yoyo said there are a lot of good things that can be done when private companies work together with government.

“We are planning to have a long lasting relationship with the school. We care coming here to be part of solution as it is needed. We brought expertise,” he said.

Athandile Mboniso, the learner, applauded the trauma facility.

“It is going to help learners in many ways and it will not have to carry their burden. Some learners really suffer from challenges at homes, but now they will have someone to talk to. Their challenges are something that blocks their success,” Mboniso said.

Mthunzikazi Mzolwa, a non teaching staff member at the school and also a parent, said the facility was much needed in the school.

“Some learners come and speak to us about things that are troubling them. We try our best to counsel them and we realise that they are facing some serious challenges. We are happy as parents that now they will have professional people to talk to,” Mzolwa said.

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