Fikelela have trained forty three Sunday School teachers to help protect children from abuse at three different workshops. They are trained to run a ten week course, with fun activities, based on Biblical stories.
Fikelela have developed a 10 week child protection course, aimed at helping to prevent child abuse amongst Sunday school children.
The programme is supported by four “Child abuse champions” who are there to assist with referrals if teachers are worried that a child in their class may have been abused or is at risk. They are trained social workers and counsellors.
Teachers were excited to see how well the ten life skills lessons are linked with a Bible story.
Each parish receives a resource pack that consists of a variety of visuals that will help the children to enjoy the lesson and teach them valuable lessons in life. There are other useful tools such as the “talking flower “ which helps to create discipline and respect inside and outside of the Sunday school class.
The teachers are trained at two training sessions split over two Saturdays from nine to two.
Jerry Giraffe Sunday School Program
This inspiring Sunday School programme helps teachers to spiritually enrich the little ones, but also teach them life skills to equip themselves and also to care and Love each other.
The kids are excited and look forward to give Jerry his hug and to listen to the Bible story as well as the Lovemore Story every week.
– One teacher said “ I have never had little ones so eager to speak and answer questions before” The first lesson speaks of God’s Creation and one of the children raised their hands for the talking flower and said that “he is so happy that he and Jerry are part of God’s creation and everything that God makes is special”
In the next session they learn that because they are part of Gods creation there are parts of their body that are special and no body else must touch them there.
In recent weeks South Africa has hit the worldwide headlines as the rape and mutilation of 17 year old Anene Booysen hit the international press.
South Africa faces a huge challenge in terms of gender based violence, and has become known as one of the countries with the highest rates of rape of any country not at war.
One of the ways to combat abuse of women and children is to challenge rape supportive attitudes and to teach children from a young age about how to protect themselves.
Jerry Giraffe is one such programme, which in a fun way teaches the children that they are special, that all people must respect their private parts. They learn that there is good touch and bad touch, and identify who they would tell if they felt uncomfortable.
Fikelela recently trained Sunday School teachers from eight churches to run the Jerry Giraffe programme with their children.
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