Training free for parents

2018-06-19 06:01

Recognising the need for effective parenting intervention, a local madrassa is offering free parent training sessions to the broader Mitchell’s Plain community.

As-Sayyidaat based in Beacon Valley has begun offering the classes after noting with concern the number of parents in need of advice and guidance in the area, says class facilitator Muallimah Asia Small.

“We recognise the need for effective parent intervention programmes especially in the Mitchell’s Plain area. It is with this grave concern at heart that we decided to initiate this programme. This is a holistic programme and is available to all parents regardless of creed,” says Small.

“Parent incompetence is manifestly increasing in today’s society. Many parents lack the appropriate skills required to effectively raise a child these days. A vast majority of parents tend to raise their children in the fashion that they were brought up. In many instances they fail to succeed as a result of the changing contexts in the home setting and environment.”

Jones adds that while some may seek guidance through counselling, many end up reluctantly surrendering their children to the overwhelming circumstances they are exposed to.

“These parents tragically resort to such behaviour after exhausting every determination to raise their children in the best possible manner a mother can raise a child. Among the many challenges we as parents are faced with, perhaps the most difficult challenge is battling against popular trends among children,” she says.

“Popular trends account for a large contributing component in the tendencies of children. Many prevalent factors such as substance abuse, sexual intercourse and violence influence their behaviour as well. Children who are influenced by these aspects tend to disregard the morals and values that they were taught whilst growing up. These factors may leave parents defenceless without the appropriate parenting skills to guide them.”

The holistic sessions are held at As-Sayyidaat in Hengelaar Street.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:45 and are facilitated by Small who is a former worker at the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention. Additional classes can be arranged depending on Small’s availability.V For more information contact the principal, Imam Riedwaan, on 071 831 8630 or the vice-principal, Muallimah Gadijah, on 076 071 8672, or email sayyidaatinstfl­@­


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