Workshops held to empower Walmer parents with knowledge

2016-06-22 06:00

PARENTS of children from birth to six years, in developing communities in Port Elizabeth are to be offered two free evidence-based workshops created by Early Inspiration, which begins tomorrow, June 23, at Joy to the Nations Church at the corner of Villiers Road and 9th Avenue, Walmer.

Funded by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the practical workshops will cover the role of the parent (June 23), and attachment and discipline (July 21).

The workshops aim to provide parents with the knowledge and skills to confidently raise their children, and to be aware of the role they play in developing their child to his or her full potential.

The sessions will be held in Xhosa to ensure that parents from the Walmer community are able to express themselves in their mother tongue.

Jessica Baker, who developed the skills-based programme following her Masters research in social work at Stellenbosch University, says of the new programme, “Building parents’ self-esteem is at the centre of the programme. By giving parents confidence, and knowledge we can encourage parents to build an attachment with their young child.

“Attachment bonds are reciprocal, emotional and physical connections between parents and children.”

She adds about the name of the programme, “The parents we met with gave us the name, Siphuhlisa Ulwazi Lwabazali (meaning parents empowered with knowledge). To them it is a very powerful phrase and gives them strength. Which is what we aim to do.”

The parenting programme builds on Early Inspiration’s work with teachers and early childhood development, Early Inspiration MD and founder Dr Lauren Stretch comments saying, “Giving children a sense of belonging, showing them love and investing in their education supports children’s long-term successes and will in time eradicate poverty – one family at a time.

“Parents want to do the best they can for their children, and a lot of parenting is instinctive, but by sharing experience, knowledge and skills, parents can have confidence in how they bring up their child.”

To take part, parents need to SMS their name and Walmer to 082 583 1633 to book their place.

The Siphuhlisa Ulwazi Lwabazali Parent Programme will take place at the Joy to the Nations Church, corner of Villiers Road and 9th Avenue, Walmer, from June 23 at 12:30pm-3pm.

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