iSIQALO

In our patriarchal society, Social Workers, Auxiliary Social Workers and Victim-Empowerment Counsellors are part of key support systems to our Communities. The iSIQALO professional development programme enables them to reflect on personal values and experiences, to challenge the status quo on gender equity and assist children, in particular the girl child, to develop holistically and reach their full potential. Since its inception in 2011, 1396 Social Work practitioners have been trained. And from March 2014, our iSIQALO programme has been accredited with 40CPD points with the Council of Social Work Profession.

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.
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VALUES IN THE LEAD: EDUCATORS ARE THE PILLARS OF OUR SOCIETY, WHEN RECOGNISED THEY DEVELOP THE TENACITY OF OUR LEARNERS TO COMMIT TO THEIR EDUCATION

Over the years there has been a deep-seated sense of loss in the hearts of society and communities regarding how certain professions, previously viewed as vocations, have lost not only their appeal but their dignity and integrity. I dare say ‘ziya jika izinto’ (things are starting to change) and we at Valued Citizens Initiative are enthralled to be at the front line of that change through our Values in the Lead professional development programme.

This month we honoured, celebrated and rewarded 149 educators and School Management Team members from 25 public primary and high schools that have completed successfully this programme. Teachers are the backbone of our society, they not only teach and mould our children but they help groom and raise our leaders. Leadership is transferrable, and through this programme we assist educators to ignite and reignite their own leadership flames in order to awaken learners they encounter.

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