The Education and Outreach department consists of various facets of programs namely:
- School visitations
- Public awareness
- Community Watch
As an organisation that deals with community development we felt the need for this department. We have a group of fieldworkers and volunteers who assist in dealing with matters pertaining abuse and violence amongst the community members. With the help of our Clinical and Paralegal departments we then refer and do our utmost best to solve the challenges that our communities encounter.
We have a group of fieldworkers that work as facilitators at schools from Monday – Thursday. The duties and the aim of a facilitator are to facilitate the process giving learners the opportunity to participate. Before any engagement with the children, the facilitator needs to present the idea to the school heads and Life Orientation educators. The educators are the ones who give the go ahead to the organization, because we make them fully aware of the topics and the go about of the programme. Ideally the programme wants to reach children at a very early age. In the communities we operate in, violence and abuse have become such a norm, that beating; swearing and bullying are viewed as normal behaviour. What type of a nation would we want to create if such behaviour is condoned and viewed as normal?
The programme objective is to educate children and youth about their rights, being individuals, having responsibilities, acknowledging what is wrong and right and learning to speak out when someone is violating their rights. Ideally as a department that deals with children and youth the intentions are to make the process fun for children to participate, which includes role playing, introducing characters, puppets, debates, drawing and analysing pictures and presentations for a prepared topic or idea. By running this particular programme in schools we feel we are engaging the learner in what are some of the most concerning and alarming issues in our society today. This process allows them to think, analyse, work as a group and express their views and opinions.
This programme is aimed at creating a better youth, we are “working towards sensitising our youth to be socially conscious.” As an organization the idea is to create a youth that is vigilant in asserting themselves as well as creating a youth that will be responsible for their own actions. The only way to achieve such goals is through creating programmes where they as children & youth of South Africa have a platform to voice and air out their frustrations as well as some of their challenges.
Through their participation and in shaping some of the programmes which are outlined for them, it is an indication that they are taken seriously and are part of the process and system set to shape their future. The participants are normally learners below the age of 18 years who participate in these school programmes/sessions.
Class Discussions and Debates:
- The Constitution Bill of Rights (Children’s Rights)
- Domestic Violence and abuse
- Child abuse
- Gender / Sex
- Individuality / Peer pressure
- Sexual Harassment / Rape / Incest
- Teenage Pregnancy
- HIV/AIDS/ Child headed household
- Drugs / Substance Abuse
- Safety School / Violent crimes
This set of activities is most important for helping participants to get to know each other, building up trust, and to set up a safe and positive environment for the duration of the session. They are intended for use at the very beginning.
These sets of activities are designed to give participants a space to talk in the group about their hopes and fears for these sessions, to suggest adaptations and to agree collectively on ground rules for the duration of the sessions.
Aim and wanted outcome of the exercises
- Through class participation, the aim is to find out what the learners know about their rights as children (under the age of 18yrs)
- We also want to highlight what the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic, has to offer to ensure their safety and their rights as children.
- Educating our children about their rights
- One of the most important aims of this exercise is to create a young nation that knows no one is above the Constitution and that as children they can turn to the law to ensure their betterment.
Public awareness, or the process of informing the general public about abuse and how people can use their rights, is of substantial importance to Ilitha Labantu. The objective of the public awareness programme is to convey information to the public and interested groups. By utilizing a multi-faceted approach to convey information, the success of the effort is optimized. This helps in creating community support and partnership to prevent domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. In developing an effective domestic violence and abuse prevention message, Ilitha Labantu takes a positive approach, emphasizing the many ways communities can support and strengthen families. When developing this message, we keep our target audience in mind and tailor the message to effect the audience’s point of view.
The following is some of the Public awareness programmes that we run:
- Elderly Seminars
- School Holidays’ Programme
- Community workshops, e.g. Clinics etc
- Youth Development Seminars e.g. MDG’s
“We recognize the injustices of our past. Honour those who suffered for the justice and freedom in our land: respect those elderly who worked to build and develop our country.” Constitution of RSA 1996
As elderly become more physically frail, they’re less able to stand up to bullying and or fight back if attacked. They may not see or hear as well or think as clearly as they used to, leaving openings for unscrupulous people to take advantage of them. Mental or physical ailments may make them more trying companions for people who live with them. Tens of thousands of senior citizens across the country are being abused; harmed in some substantial way often by people who are directly responsible for their care.
As part of our programmes, The Elderly Abuse seminar, is one our annual events. This is done in a form of raising “elderly abuse” awareness aimed for mainly The Elderly.
Here; the elderly is educated on their rights; elderly abuse; pension grants and domestic violence and abuse in their households.
Guests from all departments relevant departments are invited to share with the elderly; e.g. SASSA; Department of Social Developmnet etc.
Some of the crucial factors the Elderly get awareness of are:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Neglect by caregivers or self-neglect
- Financial exploitation
School Holidays’ Programmes
Ilitha Labantu school programmes provide high quality- care with engaging and stimulating activities for children between the ages 9 – 14 yrs. As well as fun acitivities our programmes provide an environment that encourages children to meet and make new friends as well as educational activities and information-sharing.
We offer a diverse range of activities appropriate for the age of the children attending and the season in which the programme is run. Our programmes are free of charge and last for a duration of a full day. The children are served breakfast and lunch.
Activities covered at our programmes:
- Psychological Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Neglect Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Physical exercises
Rather than giving information and sharing knowledge with the children, our approach is to rather get information from them as to their thoughts and feeling s on issues pertaining to domestic violence and abuse.
Loaded with opportunities to experience and learn more about Domestic Violence and abuse; these sessions provide the community with the opportunities to further develop their skills, boost their confidence as they take active approach to decision making and saying NO to abuse. This experience is an opportunity for the community to reflect and be able to make choices for themselves.
Our workshop Programmes:
- Community Watch
- Clinics Presentations
- Elderly clubs Presentations
- Community Presentations
All the above-mentioned are done in a form of information-sharing on issues of Domestic violence and abuse, Elderly abuse, Child abuse and Legal issues.