Pupils get ‘safe room’ in school

2015-11-10 06:00
A colourful room at Aloe Secondary School offers a comfortable place for counselling sessions and after-school programmes. It also displays some of the pupils’ artwork. PHOTOS: samantha lee

A colourful room at Aloe Secondary School offers a comfortable place for counselling sessions and after-school programmes. It also displays some of the pupils’ artwork. PHOTOS: samantha lee

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Aloe Secondary School pupils now have a safe space on school premises to make their own.

Pascap Trust has launched a comfort room at the school that will house its social work services and a permanent exhibition of some of the pupils’ artwork completed while participating in their programmes.

Lakin Arendse, special programmes manager at Pascap, says its programme has been running for some time.

“Last year we launched the youth heritage centre and used pupils from Aloe Secondary School. That is where the relationship started with the school,” she says.

The organisation offers social services and after-school programmes at six schools in the area and also serves several schools in Khayelitsha.

Arendse says the aim of the comfort room’s launch, held on Tuesday last week, was to spread awareness of the services offered. Pupils filled the room and enjoyed the space at the launch. The colourful room is furnished in a soft and inviting way, with repainted school furniture, recycled seats made of tyres and various other attractions.

Arendse hopes the room will soon be used for after-school projects and fulfil a variety of pupil needs.

She says they hope to open more rooms like this one in the area, but comments that it is a lengthy process.

Michel Assure, sister of Ashley Kriel, says she hopes the pupils will be open to accepting the help offered by Pascap.

“I want to encourage the children to make use of every opportunity there is for them.

“Apart from education, if there are psychological problems or whatever they are dealing with and can’t cope with, they should use the service and speak with a social worker,” says Assure.

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For more information on the organisation visit www.pascap.org.za or call 021 422 5588.

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