iSIQALO is a professional development programme that aims to empower public social workers; social auxiliary workers and care workers from orphanages, places of safety, children's home and other departmental organisations with acute emotional and psychological techniques needed to enhance their day-to-day services towards the girl child in particular. Since its inception in May 2011, 500 social workers have been trained. And from March 2014, our iSIQALO programme has been accredited with 40CPD points with the Council of Social Work Profession.

The programme kicked off in May 2011 at the request of the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development. The goal of this programme is to standardise the quality of service rendered to girl children throughout the Gauteng Province, protecting the rights of the girl children and assisting them to grow holistically. By so doing, the programme indirectly strives to empower the girl child in their core spheres of existence with life skills which are essential to develop her, not as a victim or wounded child, but as a dignified human being and future responsible woman.

iSIQALO programme empowers the social workers with knowledge and skills in dealing with the girl child through interactive workshops role playing and modelling of skills and techniques as well as looking at the professional self of the beneficiaries. With iSIQALO, the levels of competence and thus esteem of social workers have been elevated.

Our valued partner that supports this programme is:

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