Early intervention for pupils

2016-06-01 06:00
Amien Tarentaal explains to his peers what he had learnt from CMR’s Early Bird programme. Next to him are Tiffany Meyer and Natalie Edwards.                            Photo:  ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Amien Tarentaal explains to his peers what he had learnt from CMR’s Early Bird programme. Next to him are Tiffany Meyer and Natalie Edwards. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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A NON-PROFIT organisation that wants to empower young people in Port Elizabeth, has launched the Early Bird community project to motivate pupils in the northern suburbs.

The Christelike Maatskaplike Raad (CMR) recently launched the programme to raise awareness among families, community members and the Department of Education about the need of early intervention relating to the youth.

The organisation chose Bertram Senior Secondary School in the northern suburbs as the first school to benefit from the programme.

Life orientation periods were used during this past month to presentment the programme.The youth programme was held last month during the life orientation period at Bertram Senior Secondary School.

After the month-long programme a celebration day was held on May 27, to celebrate how far they have come and to receive feedback from the school.

As a non-profit organisation, CMR renders a complete social service to all communities in order to empower them socially, emotionally and economically, irrespective of race, age, gender or association. Their expectation is to rebuild and restore the moral values within the community.

CMR has been successfully involved in supporting various communities with aid through preventative intervention programmes.

Their main focus is to recognise by means of early intervention programmes, the most prevalent problems in the northern areas’ schools, such as substance abuse and gang activity.

Social worker and member of the CMR, Loretta Adams, said, “As one of the social workers who are responsible for the northern areas, we have started with programmes targeting pupils in all grades.

“In order not to disturb the class schedules, we had the programmes during their life orientation periods seeing that its aim is to raise awareness of the current situation in the community.

“The programmes have had a positive outcome. Pupils have been informed about the effects as well as the consequences of drug use and gang violence.”

Adams added that part of the content of their recent programme was to inform the youth about the dangers of cigarettes, hookah pipes and other substances that often contain poisons similar to those found in domestic cleaning products, rat and insect poison, nail polish remover, brake fluid, benzene, moth balls and lighter gas.

Adams said that they are planning to continue this initiative in the community.

“At CMR, we specialise in serving and protecting while offering a professional service to our children and families at risk. We believe in preventative services before the child is exposed to the Children’s Act and moves into the system,” Adams said.

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