News‎ > ‎

Star for Life equips educators with counseling skills

posted 11 May 2012, 01:29 by Rickard Lundquist
Part of Star for Life approach is to build capacity within the schools, by supporting teachers with tools to enables them to support learners on psycho-social issues.
In cooperation with Lifeline organization and university of Kwa Zulu Natal, 27 Educators in Johannesburg, Gauteng and 35 in UMkhanyakude district in KZN have been equipped with basic counseling skills in a three day lay counseling workshop during Easter school holidays 2012. The scope of training covered emotional care and support to learners and also to strengthen the interventions in addressing the challenge of HIV/AIDS. The workshop(s) also looked at the importance of complete wellness in the helping relationship; explain communication in the helping relationship; apply the principles of the helping relationship and to demonstrate the core conditions of the helping relationship.

The Gauteng Department of education expresses their appreciation for this efforts, as they believe it will go a long way in strengthening efforts of transforming schools into ‘centers of care and support’

Educators have expressed their gratitude for this support, and they feel this has contributed immensely to their personal wellbeing and will enable them to transfer tis to their learners.

They feel rejuvenated and equipped with tools to respond to their learner’s challenges as they often find themselves in the difficult situation when confronted with psychosocial issue raised by learners; however intervention empowered them to be in the better position to support their learners and to prepare them as future leaders.