This is a Parenting Skills and Support Programme for teenage parents and care-givers. The programme equips teenagers with parenting skills which enable them to be more effective, responsible, nurturing mothers and fathers.
The programme aims to reach teenagers who bear the responsibility of parenting. We acknowledge that the teen pregnancy rate in South Africa is unacceptably high and we do not condone teenage pregnancy. We also believe that, meeting the emotional needs of the teenagers, together with their sustained effective parenting of their children, will result in a reduction of teenage pregnancy in the next generation.
This programme is run in schools for learners and “out of school” in community venues for teenagers that may have been forced to drop out of school due to parenting responsibilities. Currently, we work in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Philippi.
Participants voluntarily commit to attending 20 weekly group sessions. The skills are taught in an interactive way that encourages participation and sharing of experiences.
The Positive Parenting component includes sessions on:
The Lifeskills component – particularly pertinent for developing responsibility in teenage parents and caregivers – deals with specific challenges such as:
376 teenagers participated in the programme in 2015. 215 were biological parents and 162 were caregivers. 215 were learners.
The Teen Parenting team:
Julia Starck (Programme Manager), Lephina Mojakgolo (Nyanga Area Co-ordinator), Charles George, Bekiwe Sopangisa and Noxolo Madlakane and Elizabeth Giba.
Contact us on 021 762 0116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.