ASSITEJ SA and the Outreach Foundation (Hillbrow) are working together to support the matric class of 2020 as part of a larger campaign and movement called ‘21 Acts of Goodness’ led by the Old Mutual Foundation.
#21ActsOfGoodness aims to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenges it has presented to the Matric class of 2020. This campaign focuses on service, volunteerism, and active citizenship in partnership with a number of NPO’s already doing work within the various sectors in support of the matriculants of 2020.
This campaign is currently underway and ASSITEJ SA and the Outreach foundation have developed a workshop focusing on stress release, well-being and team building to support the matrics of 2020. The Outreach Foundation (Hillbrow) will support schools in the inner city of Johannesburg, while ASSITEJ SA aims to further support grade 12’s in Gauteng, the Free State, Kwa Zulu Natal and the Northern Cape.
The collaboration was launched in an initial workshop on 01st September at the National School of the Arts (NSA) in Braamfontein, who are also a partner in #21actsofgoodness. Workshop was led by: Thembile Tshuma, Noceba Tau and Alison Green.
The NSA learner’s gave feedback about the workshop, citing how helpful it had been to focus, to be still, to play and to get ‘back into their body’. Other words used to describe the workshop in the feedback forms, included: Relief, enchanting, amazing, relaxing, peaceful and comfortable.
The workshop contains elements of relaxation, mindfulness and breathing techniques to assist the class of 2020 with stress management and focus exercises. The workshop includes team building exercises to inspire the matriculants to come together and find ways to support each other. A handout accompanies the workshop to provide information about organisations who offer assistance for stress and anxiety during this challenging time.
Many of the matriculants offered ways in which they could support the matric class of 2020, by stating the following:
‘To be kind to everyone and to be gentle with my actions.’
‘I always tell people not to stress, but to study and be kind to themselves’, and
‘(by) spreading positivity’.
Teachers interested in having this workshop at their school, can contact: Alison Green on firstname.lastname@example.org