Kids say no to bullying

2018-07-17 06:00
Learners at Delta Primary listens to the explanation on the anti-bullying programme that will be implemented this term.

Learners at Delta Primary listens to the explanation on the anti-bullying programme that will be implemented this term.

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The Dews of Quietness Organisation, a non-profit organisation in Steenberg, is starting their anti-bullying campaign this school term with Delta Primary in Cafda­.

“We have recently received our first piece of land with a container, adjoining Delta Primary, from the City of Cape Town. The container will now be our formal offices, once we have equipped it as such,” says Moriedah Dien, founder and director of the NPO.

“With the assistance of the learners from the school we are starting a sustainable vegetable garden on our new premises. The garden will eventually become their project. The anti-bullying campaign will be filmed by the Expresso team on SABC in the next two weeks,” she says.

The anti-bullying campaign was initiated in February this year and consists of a short play and a presentation.

“Our programme is geared towards children from grades 4 to 11, and has proved to be successful. Among others, we have performed/presented our programme not only twice at Delta and Steenberg, but also at Lourier Primary and Steenberg High. This is also part of the filming of the Expresso team,” she says.

The organisation has been serving the Cafda and Steenberg communities since 2012.

“The organisation was initially started to encourage victim empowerment but have also ventured into other areas. Although the City allocated the land and the container to us, we face serious challenges and are relying on sponsorships and donations,” she says.

Dews of Quietness is recognised in the Cafda community for their assistance and projects in various areas and is well received and welcomed by the community.

Projects include victim support at the Steenberg Police Station for the past 19 years, as well as a drilling programme at the school which has shown excellent results, as discipline is instilled in the children.

“We also distribute sanitary towels to various schools in the area on a regular basis. The Step Up/Step Out Programme has been running at Delta and Steenberg primary schools for the past two years. We choose children who have behaviour challenges and mentor them. During March we took these children on an upliftment camp and they enjoyed the excursion,” Dien says.

The NPO assists parents and children with personal/school challenges and refers them to the correct/necessary authorities, depending on the nature of the problem.

“We recently initiated an after-school drama workshop at two of our local schools. This programme gives the children confidence and self-esteem and also discipline. The programme also helps to promote their appreciation for the performing arts. But mostly it helps to keep them from the streets after school,” she says.

Dien is assisted by three other members on the executive board and five additional women who have recently come on board to assist.

“All of them are voluntary workers as the organisation depends on donations and sponsorships. We will be starting fundraising soon and hope to remedy this.

On Saturday 4 August the NPO is hosting a Mom and Daughter event from 11:00 to 15:00 in the Grassy Park Civic Centre. The cost is R50 and a light lunch will be served.

V Call Moriedah Dien on 078 400 0801.

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