The Valued Citizens Initiative’s family programme, Ichoose to Be a Responsible Parent, aims to enable family members to contribute effectively in leading children to become responsible adults, understanding their family crest, to live the values binding family members, developing healthy relationships, to enhance caring, nurturing, loving and supporting capabilities of families through parenting skills workshops. Focused on parenting styles, why children misbehave how to build healthy relationships through care, open communication and showing love through behaviour.

Family is a pillar of society as it influences the way society is structured, organised and functions. South Africa has a number of unique circumstances that affect the structure and situations of families – including the migrant labour system inherited from Apartheid which undermines the African family and created conditions for its disintegration; poverty; the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has placed an added burden on to children.

In 2012, only 35% of children were living with both their biological parents and 23% were living with neither of their biological parents which affect the socialization of children (Stats SA). Some 40% were living with their mother only and we know that through International Research echoed by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) children growing up without fathers are more likely to experience emotional disturbances and boys growing-up with absent father households are more likely to display "hyper-masculine" behaviour, including aggression.

In 2011, 15 million people received social grants in South Africa. This meant that more than a quarter of the population received aid in the form of poverty alleviation. Our government has since then realised that social grants was not sufficient cure and a new priority has come to the fore; working to promote family life and strengthening families in South Africa. In The Green Paper on South African families, emphasises the fact that it is now essential to promote family life and strengthen families to be able to effectively deal with conflict, stress and crisis, to rise to their parental responsibilities, providing a nurturing environment where traditions, rules and discipline are fostered for children to feel safe, cared for and appreciated.

Our valued partner that supports this programme are:

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My Identity Document deepening my sense of Belonging

iVALUE Identity programme in support of “Schools Rights and Lights Campaign”, in partnership with La Voix de l’Enfant and Engie Foundation, is already enabling 2069 learners above 16 from 12 public high schools to get their Identity Document and become active citizens in Gauteng.

Currently, many school children above the age of 16 in South Africa still lack access to their vital life documents such as birth certificates, and Identity Document. As a result, our children lose their sense of identity and face tremendous difficulties when wanting to exercise their rights such as enrolment in schools, writing Matric examinations, right to vote and enjoy social benefits such as being able to purchase a cell phone, search and apply for employment and lead their lives. At Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School, the principal is grateful as she was used to have a tremendous drop out of learners just because they did not have access to this vital right to an Identity Document and some felt at risk as foreigners.


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