Teachers receive pampering

2019-04-02 06:00
A teacher getting a head massage

A teacher getting a head massage

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Earthchild Project from Muizenberg hosted their fourth annual Teachers Wellness Convention at Observatory Community Centre on Saturday 2 March.

The project is a non-profit organisation operating in disadvantaged schools.

They work in eight schools in two townships in Lavender Hill and Khayelitsha.

Levana Primary School, in Lavender Hill, is their and they have been working at the school for more than nine years.

Working with children and teachers their educational programmes focus on the environment, health and life skills.

They teach practical skills such as yoga, mindfulness and organic gardening to over 3500 children and 300 teachers.

The Teachers Wellness Convention offered 200 school teachers from under-resourced communities in Cape Town an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the wellness sector.

There were over 15 workshops, demonstrations and talks, from yoga and dance to holistic living, as well as a range of exhibits and food stalls for teachers to choose from.

Carly Appleby, communications and marketing manager at Earthchild Project, says it was a day to celebrate, and empower teachers – with the knowledge and tools to better manage their stress and improve their health and overall well-being.

“Teachers play an important role in the lives of our children as their task is not only to impart knowledge but also to support, inspire and be a positive role model,’’ she says.

Pam Hoffman, one of the volunteers who assisted with the event says teachers are professionals who do so much more than just teach.

“More often than not they play the role of parents, counsellors and nurses to multiple children at a time. Their days are jam-packed with curriculum demands, often in overcrowded classrooms in under-resourced schools. Earthchild Project work alongside these teachers in schools offering their programmes to children, however, the Teachers Wellness Convention shifts the focus of the work onto teachers (thereby impacting upon the children, too!),” she says.

With all the hard work the teachers put in to look after the children, they often do not take time out for themselves. The programme helps them to energise and get spoilt a little. “I haven’t been so spoilt since Christmas! I also think we need to have a wellness event every month. It was also wonderful to hear from teachers that they’d learned new ways to care for themselves and that it is possible to prioritise wellness for themselves, even though they have such busy schedules,” she says.

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