Mental Health Talk for Boitekong and Meriti Secondary Schools with Miss SA

The Social Welfare pillar of Whole School Development implements a Health, Sanitation, and Sexuality Education Awareness project in our schools across the country. The project aims to educate and empower learners in schools; to develop positive values, understand changes in their growing bodies, and to make educated sexual decisions, and reduce teen pregnancy. The Health, Sanitation and Sexual Education Awareness Project was implemented in the two schools in February 2019, supported by Merafe Resources. The programme is in its third phase.

As part of the project implementation, we were fortunate to have Shudufhadzo Musida, reigning Miss South Africa, join us at one of our awareness dialogues. Shudufhadzo Musida has dedicated her reign to advocate for Mental Health Awareness,  and uses her platform to amplify this message. She delivered a Mental Health talk,  that also touched on self-love, bullying, and helping learners identify symptoms of concern and the relevant organisations that offer guidance and assistance on Mental Health issues.

The event was attended by stakeholders, including representatives from the Hartebeespoort Parent and Child Counselling Centre, safety officers from the local SAPS and the School Governing Body of the two schools.

Meriti and Boitekong Secondary Schools are situated in the outskirt townships of Rustenburg. The community is characterised by poverty, violence, crime, alcohol, substance abuse and disintegrated households.  These structural impediments have infiltrated into the school environment as identified by the Programme and affect the normal functioning of teaching and learning.