School project praises kindness

2017-03-07 06:01

In celebration of World Peace Day taking place later this year, one NGO is making an effort to celebrate human rights and kindness throughout the year.

In its fourth year, the Cool2BeKind Project of the Kidz2Kidz Trust is an anti-bullying programme hosted at schools. Workshops with learners are held and the project also emphasises small acts of ­kindness.

Chery Abrahams, facility liaison coordinator, says Kidz2Kidz run various projects throughout the year at many schools. The facilitators noticed that bullying was one of the most common problems at the schools and they wanted to raise the issue among as many people as possible.

The Cool2BeKind initiative is aimed to help break the cycle of violence and abuse. The events and workshops equip kids with knowledge of how to cope with bullying.

“Learners, teachers and parents alike welcome these programmes into their classrooms and so far we have had very positive feedback from all parties involved. Our challenge is to have volunteers who can go back and follow up on the more difficult and complex situations that children highlight,” says Abrahams.

Because the issue of bullying isn’t something that is often discussed, Abrahams emphasises the positive feedback the programme is receiving from parents, learners and teachers and says it is important to have parents involved.

Kidz2Kidz started its pilot programme in 2014. In 2015, the programme reached over 3000 children across the province. Last year, more than 10 000 children were reached, showing that schools have become more enthusiastic about the workshop and what the project has to offer.

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