Our life skills programmes are designed to do just that, and using our experiential learning model, we challenge young people to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment.
Our objective is to teach young people practical, value-based decision making skills. These are vital, useable skills that will help them to avoid negative and harmful behavior, as well as know how to deal with issues that are out of their control. Broadly speaking, aims are;
- To inspire young people to make positive life choices
- To impart soft skills they need to navigate through this stage of their lives
Our programmes are tailored to meet the specific needs of each school and community we work with, but they all share a common focus:
- building healthy relationships
- developing emotional intelligence
- promoting positive behavior
We achieve this using our approved curricula that include the following topics:
1. Gender-based violence (GBV) and bullying
These are two issues that plague schools around the world. Sadly, South Africa is no exception. Children who are bullied or who experience GBV are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and may struggle with academic performance and social relationships. Our programme provides the tools and skills they need to navigate difficult situations and develop positive, healthy relationships with their peers
2. Goal setting and decision making
Many young people lack the guidance they need to go through life and often end up bowing to peer pressure and making the wrong decisions. The need to fit in and belong can at times be very strong. Our programme provides them with the tools to develop a personal value system that can help them to make the decisions that will set them up for a better future.
3. Responsible citizenship
Our young people are the future and as such need to be prepared to become productive citizens of tomorrow. Our programme challenges them on different issues such as how to engage with peers and authority figures; how to value and respect life, including those that may be different from you; how to regard responsibilities, not just rights etc.
4. HIV Prevention
With the onset of the global COVID 19 pandemic, it seems that HIV/AIDS education has not been prioritied, but HIV/AIDS remains a constant threat to the lives of people. South Africa has the biggest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, and HIV acquisition amongst the youth continues to be relatively high. Our programme helps young people to increase personal knowledge of HIV and encourages them to adopt behaviours to avoid infection, and also instils understanding, wider acceptance and decrease of stigma.
At Sakh’Ulutsha, we are proud to be part of this important work. By providing life skills programmes that address these and other topics, we are helping to create a brighter future for South African children, one in which they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
We believe that every child has the right to a safe and supportive learning environment, and we are committed to doing our part to make that a reality. We invite you to join us in creating a brighter future for all South African children.
Please consider partnering with us in funding these needed programs in our schools.