Helping parents to help children

Lucinda Evans of Philisa Abafazi Bethu speaks at Lavender Hill High School. The NGO aims to empower the community by empowering the youth and their parents.
Lucinda Evans of Philisa Abafazi Bethu speaks at Lavender Hill High School. The NGO aims to empower the community by empowering the youth and their parents.

Philisa Abafazi Bethu, a non-profit organisation (NPO), aims to aid learners by teaching parents the best ways to support and assist their children to improve their school grades, enabling them to confidently move on to higher learning institutions.

Lucinda Evans, community activist and founder of the NPO, addressed parents at Lavender Hill High School, encouraging them to facilitate learning for their children.

The NPO currently runs a programme for parents of learners who have dropped out of school. The programme is focused on educating parents on how to work with their children, allowing them to attain the qualifications needed to enter a higher learning institution. This will empower the learners and uplift the community as a whole.

“Our parent programme started at the end of July. It runs over four Saturdays. The programme looks at how we can support the child more. At present, there are 25 learners in the programme. We would like to see them go on to university or college and beyond,” said Evans.

It is open to all parents and learners living in the southern suburb areas.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) offers the following tips for exams and overall school success:

. don’t miss one day of school;

. draft a timetable to start studying and stick to it to ensure exam readiness when the time comes;

. read and write every day.

The WCED encourages learners in Grade 12 to read 1 000 words a day and to write 400 words a day to practise for the final exams.

The WCED also has several resources available online to assist learning.

V Visit its website: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/ to find out more or call Philisa Abafazi Bethu on 081 5390 896 to find out more about the parent programme.

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