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Star For Life coaches the new year with a workshops to prepare for the year.

posted 4 Feb 2013, 22:29 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 22:30 ]

Inspired by the desire to see a nation of young people who dare to dream and an Aids free generation, Star For Life coaches from all branches of Southern Africa kicked off the New Year with a three days’ workshop, to prepare for the year. The workshop was held at Star For Life head offices in KwaZulu Natal offices from the 15 to the 17 of February 2013.

                                            Miss Evelina Kalenga with the coaches. 

This workshop was co-hosted by the SFL Education and Health Manager, Mr Jean Daniel Kabati and the Area Managers from all branches of Star For Life Southern Africa, including Namibia.


At the workshop topics such as peer education and training, consultations with the learners, the difference between teaching and coaching, school base support team, tree of knowledge, home visits and engaging the parents, skills and careers workshop were discussed.

                                                    Wellness Social Worker addressing the coaches.

Mr Sifiso Mathenjwa delivered his presentation on peer education and training. On his presentation he emphasized the need for peer educators in SFL schools and how they should be recruited. Themes for peer educator’s workshops such as teenage pregnancy, self-esteem, problem solving, public speaking and HIV were discussed.


Evelina Kalenga, the Namibian branch Country Manager’s presentation focused on learner’s consultations; the number of learners that should be seen by coaches for consultations per day was discussed. Miss Kalenga also shared her insight on how to attract learners for consultations.



Sicelo Mathenjwa’s presentation was about coaches and formulation of school based support team. He shared his insights on how coaches can work together with other teacher’s.


Mrs Precious Dlaminis’ presentation was about teaching vs. coaching. She discussed the number of classrooms sessions that coaches should conduct per visit in a school, similarities and differences of teaching and coaching were also discussed.


Nozipho mahayes’ presentation focused on monthly themes and the tree of knowledge which is a need based intervention which mainly looks at social issues. Working with community members and relevant stakeholders to become agents of change was emphasized.


Noluthando Nondabula, the Wellness Social Worker’s presentation stressed the importance of safety when conducting home visits, she emphasized the need of engaging the nearest police station when planning a home visits to avoid any havoc that might happen.


The skills and career path presentation by the Acting Skills Manager, Mr Simingaye Zulu aimed to equip learners to choose the appropriate subjects from grade 09. The subjects learners choose for grade 10 will have a great effect on what they choose to do after grade 12.


The participants discussed the topics and presented their full reports on the last two day of the workshop.