Mothers’ help will go long way

2015-06-16 06:01
The parents who took part in the workshop with local ward councillor Shanen Rossouw at the certificate ceremony last week. 

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The parents who took part in the workshop with local ward councillor Shanen Rossouw at the certificate ceremony last week. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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A group of mothers in Retreat were recently rewarded for taking part in a programme designed to help them communicate with their children.

The mothers were awarded certificates last week after participating in a programme to teach them how to deal with issues related to their children.

People’s Post previously reported that ward 110 councillor Shanen Rossouw has implemented a parenting skills programme at several schools in the area (“Bridging the parenting gap”, 10 February).

Rossouw said at the time the programme was aimed at equipping parents with skills to better communicate with their children.

The programme focused mainly on healing relationships between parents and children at home. “Once you tackle the problem from the root you will be more successful in a sustainable solution,” she said.

The programme was multi-faceted. Ros­souw hopes to expand the programme to neighbouring areas as well.

Rossouw said in a previous report: “The programme envisioned for the people of Retreat will not just be an eight-week course where people come and absorb and a week later we’re back to the same problems.”

She and the principals at the participating schools identified 20 pupils who would benefit the most from the programme.

The pupils identified at the schools participated in different processes. One part of it was to attend drill sessions with the local police, which Rossouw said would instil discipline.

She added that core aspects of the programme focused on drug abuse, reading and addressing discipline problems.

“We have a problem in our communities where children get sucked into gang activity from an early age. Introducing this programme to pupils at primary schools will assist in rooting out these evils before they can go on to become gangsters,” she said.

The aim of the programme, said Rossouw, was also to eradicate the prevalence of expulsion from schools.

“We do not want our children to miss school. Our teachers and principals do not know how to deal with pupils at school, so to rid them of the burden for a few weeks, they expel the pupil which is the wrong way to do it. We need to keep our children in school and out of the hands of gangsters,” she said

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