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Social Work students scoop the Service Learning grand prize
2016-03-09

Description: KL 2016 03 09 Social Work students  Tags: KL 2016 03 09 Social Work students  
From the left: Natalie van Wyk, Jané Erasmus, Cornél Odendaal, Anré la Grange, and Werner Botes on winning the Service Learning Prize in the Faculty of Humanities.

In 2015 five third-year Social Work students started a project, “Be Buddies, Not Bullies” at Joe Solomon Primary School in Heidedal. The project was specifically aimed at Grade 7 learners, to help them to improve their interpersonal skills and discipline at school and at home, as bullying behaviour among them was on the rise. A mentorship programme was also developed for this target group.

The students designed a manual addressing issues such as: self-esteem, relationships, peer pressure, conflict handling, emotional intelligence, effective communication, acceptance of diversity, responsibility and support.The students identified leaders in Grade 7 and then trained them to be mentors for their peers. The learners will form groups and meet on a weekly basis under the guidance of these trained leaders,to deal with issuessuch as those covered by the manual.

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