Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF) is implementing a pilot programme – called Thari Programme – for the support of women and children in schools in Botshabelo, Free State, and Diepsloot, Gauteng. The programme is implemented through CRF’s partner entity, Adopt-a-School Foundation.

The objective of the programme is to enable schools and communities to provide a safe environment that is free from violence, is academically effective, inclusive, gender sensitive and promotes health and well-being for all through:

“This is a time for vision, and this is the time for courage”

Cyril Ramaphosa

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the programme is to enable schools and communities to provide a safe environment that is free from violence, is academically effective, inclusive, gender sensitive and promotes health and well-being for all through:

– Ensuring that basic psycho-social support services are provided to women and children;

– Empowering women and children by educating them on how to protect themselves against abuse and exploitation;

– Facilitating dialogues to empower men and boys to address social issues which include masculinity, violence, and gender sensitivity;

– Developing a system that monitors the impact of the programme;

– Developing effective, sustainable and replicable models for preventing violence against women and children

– Responding to current issues affecting the well-being of women and children.

There is an increasing concern within South Africa that schools are the sites of widespread violence. While the school has been constructed as a space in which children can learn in a safe and protected environment, it appears that this is unfortunately not the case in many schools within the South African context.

Following extensive research around the prevalence of sexual abuse, the disempowerment of community members, victims, parents and educators in many cases, and the lack of efficient public services Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation came to realise that an attempt to curb violence occurring in schools needs to be extended beyond the school itself. Parental and community support is therefore essential.

Both townships are poverty-stricken, plagued by a high rate of unemployment, poverty, crime, violence and skills shortages, which increases the vulnerabilities of women and children.

PURPOSE

 

CRF is implementing the pilot programme with the aim of drawing lessons and determining scalability and replicability for the support of vulnerable women and children to other areas in South Africa.

CRF acknowledges that implementing programmes aimed at benefiting large numbers of vulnerable women and children in a sustainable manner requires collaboration and partnership with other like-minded organisations.

A Multi-Sectoral Model

The Foundation has adopted two strategies to address the challenges identified in the two pilot communities.

This model is a collaboration of stakeholders in both Botshabelo and Diepsloot communities. It is aimed at ensuring a harmonised approach to address social factors that make women and children vulnerable. A multi-sectoral approach, involving all sectors of society, Government departments, the business sector, Civil Society Organisations, Faith-Based Organisations, community leaders and councillors, Non-Government Organisations, youth and learners has been adopted.

TWO STRATEGIES

The Foundation has adopted two strategies to address the challenges identified in the two communities:

Botshabelo Safe Park

The project has established a Safe Park which is a secure space for children to go to after school, over the weekends and school holidays to learn life skills through play under supervision of the Child and Youth Care Workers. Children are engaged in learning activities and sports, receive educational support such as homework and study assistance, learning to read and listening to traditional stories.

Isibindi Ezikoleni Model (Botshabelo)

Isibindi Ezikoleni Model involves the deployment of qualified Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW) and the establishment of safe parks. The CYCW assess and identify vulnerable children and their families and provide psycho-social support services to them.

The model is an adaptation of the NACCW – UNICEF Model which is being implemented nationally.

The model’s effectiveness is grounded on the availability of Child and Youth Care Workers that are providing their services during child friendly hours. The Child and Youth Care Workers are contracted to work for eight hours per day and support the children before and after school, during breaks, school holidays and weekends. The CYCWs further attend to families identified to be in need of follow-up support over weekends.

Pilot partners

CRF is implementing the model in collaboration with the following organisations:

Botshabelo (Free State)

  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • Department of Social Development
  • Department of Correctional Services
  • Department of Justice
  • National Prosecuting Authority
  • South African Police Services
  • Botshabelo Education Committee
  • National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW)
  • SASSA
  • UNICEF
  • Love life
  • Seed Foundation
  • Mangaung Moral Regeneration Movement
  • Botshabelo Education Committee
  • Khanya Community Based Organisation
  • Khothatsehang Botshabelo Organisation
  • Mangaung Men’s Forum

Diepsloot (Gauteng)

  • School Principals (representing 17 schools)
  • Afrika Tikkun
  • Hope World Wide
  • South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA)
  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
  • Lawyers against Abuse
  • City of Joburg
  • SAPS Honeydew cluster
  • SAPS Diepsloot Youth Desk
  • Department of Social Development
  • Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  • Childline
  • The Bear Foundation
  • Men Ambassadors
  • Diepsloot Youth Programme
  • Harambee
  • Friends of Diepsloot

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Chantelle Oosthuizen, Communications Manager

Email: coosthuizen@cyrilramaphosa.org

Tel: 

+27 (0) 11 592 6560