62 Sunday School teachers from 27 churches have now been trained to run the exciting Jerry Giraffe programme in thier church.
Through games, role plays and songs, teh children learn that they are special. they learn about their special places that other people mustnt touch, and they learn that there are good feelings (star feelings) and bad feelings (stone feelings).
Through role plays they learn how to tell people about how they feel. They also learn to identify who they can talk to if they feel bad, and also what is a good time to talk to an adult
We are excited for our upcoming training on the 19th of September when new Sunday school teacher will be trained and new churches come on board the program
Fikelela AIDS Project conducted a survey to find out who woudl like to be trained to run Gerry the Giraffe child awareness programme.
Currently 27 churches are running the programme with 53 teachers trained
The response was very positive with teachers mentioning that children are opening up to them in this safe space. Children are excited to meet Gerry each week and to learn about feelings, safe secrets and the parts of the body which are special and that no one should touch. This is a fun way to learn important life skills
So the team are busy preparing for hte next workshop, with the resource packs!
Capetown sadly has very high levels of child abuse and the Sunday School class offers a save place to teach the children the skills they need to protect themselves.
The training became available for our parishes since 2012 to date we have had 27 churches and 62 Sunday school teachers trained to run the programme in their Sunday school classes. We have only had positive responses from teachers that implemented the programme.
The resource packs that they receive when completing the training has helped teachers tremendously – the kids respond very well to visual teaching.
They cannot wait for Sunday school because someone is going to get a chance to put the leave on the Tree, “Jerry is our best friend I wish I can have a Jerry at home.”
The programme is implemented at most of our parishes as part of the Sunday School year planner.
Fikelela would like to host another training session in 2015 as we already had some request from parishes showing their interest and wanting to send more teachers to benefit from the training.
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Once again we celebrate the 16 days of activism against violence against women and children. We are reminded of the obscenely high levels of child abuse in South Africa. Cape Town has become known as Rape Town.
How can the church respond to this crisis? One of the possible areas is in Sunday School, where children bond with their teachers as a safe adult to whom they can confide.
Fikelela has developed "Jerry Giraffe" a fun interactive teaching tool for Sunday School teachers to teach children skill such as saying know, learning about 'good secrets' and 'bad secrets' learning to express their emotions "star feelings" and 'stone feelings" and helping them to identify a safe adult that they can talk to if they feel uncomfortoble.
Jerry Giraffe had visited a few churches during this year, the kids simple love Jerry and cannot wait for his next visit
Sunday school Teachers find great joy in using the discipline techniques and also find the visuals very helpful. They say the children are much more attentive in class and the shy ones are becoming more talkative than before.
One of the Sunday school teachers were so impressed with the lessons that she implemented this at the school where she is teaching.
Fikelela would like to host another training session in 2015 as we already had some request from parishes showing their interest in the programme.
"our children are loving the programme! They are becoming more confident and feeling safe enough to speak. The programme also helps us to instil discipline which means that all the children have a place to share and are not dominated by the disruptive kids! We love the songs and games" A Sunday School teacher
Fikelela's Jerry Giraffe programme is really making a difference!! The children learn in a fun interactive way how to talk about their emotions " star feelings' (good feelings ) and "stone feelings" (bad feelings). They also learn to identify who are safe adults to talk to if they feel bad about something.
Training sessions were held with teachers from seven Sunday Schools and they are running the ten week programme with over 140 children.
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