As part of developing a culture of well-being, Community Keepers hosts regular personal and social development workshops/seminars/talks to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make positive life choices.

Topics include Rights and Responsibilities, Leadership Development, Career Guidance, De-stigmatisation of Mental Health, Boundaries, Gender Based Violence, Identity, Relationships, Self-Image, Self-Harm, Goal Setting.

Through these activities, we aim to initiate action, and prepare and motivate learners in their journey of developing into responsible adults – making a positive contribution to the well-being of their community.

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The National Education Policy Act (1996) says, “No person shall administer corporal punishment or subject a student to psychological or physical abuse at any educational institution.”

On 18 September 2019, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that the common law defence of ‘reasonable and moderate chastisement’ was unconstitutional, effectively banning all corporal punishment of children.

The Court found that: The right to be free from all forms of violence or to be treated with dignity, coupled with what chastisement does in reality entail, as well as the availability of less restrictive means, speak quite forcefully against the preservation of the common law defence of reasonable and moderate parental chastisement.  There is, on the material before us, therefore, no justification for its continued existence, for it does not only limit the rights in sections 10 and 12 of the Constitution, but it also violates them unjustifiably.”

The judgment highlighted the research which shows that all corporal punishment is potentially harmful and part of a wider circle of violence, and recognised South Africa’s “history of widespread and institutionalised violence”. It found that, in light of the existence of alternative non-violent methods to achieve the same goal of raising a responsible member of society, it was in children’s best interests to abolish the defence of ‘reasonable and moderate chastisement’.

Positive discipline is based on the belief that we can teach and discipline children without breaking their spirit. Once you understand the logic behind your child’s misbehaviour you can then correct their mistaken belief about how to feel loved, powerful and valued in the world.  Positive Parenting teaches discipline that builds your children’s self-esteem, while at the same time correcting their misbehaviour.  With a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, you will retain a positive influence with your children through their teen years and into adulthood.

Despite it now being unlawful to meter out corporal punishment, it has proven difficult for some educators to reconcile with this as they feel they no longer have a way of punishing errant learners. However, discipline and punishment are very different concepts and for educators who are progressive in their outlook, there are many alternatives to corporal punishment in the classroom.