School strengthens mother-daughter relationships

Mothers and daughters, together with volunteers, teachers and some sponsors at the ‘Mother and Daughter Day’ at Lotusville Primary School.

Lotusville Primary School in Verulam held a Mother’s and Daughter’s Day at the school, recently. In 2013, a structured Gender Education Movement (GEM) programme was initiated by Mrs S Naidoo and implemented by the GEM team at Lotusville Primary. They understand that parents and teachers have to work together for the development of youngsters.

After the first talk, the GEM team received a few anonymous letters expressing the challenges faced by some pupils. Naidoo then initiated the first ‘Mother and Daughter Day’.

Since then, five successful GEM programmes and ‘Mother and Daughter’ events have been held at Lotusville Primary School. The GEM team embarked on a weekly programme of talks and discussions on issues that concern them. Relevant stakeholders are invited to interact with pupils whenever a need arises.

In 2016, an interactive outreach at the Verulam Day Care and Frail Care Centre was hosted by the GEM students, their parents and teachers. A ‘Father and Son Day’ was also conducted, however, due to lack of man power this could not continue.

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In an attempt to build and strengthen the mother and daughter relationship, a programme was held recently. The mothers and daughters were addressed by executive director of the KZN Network on Violence against Women, Cookie Edwards, and psychological counsellor, Shivani Bissoon, who has worked with high schools in the Phoenix area. Thereafter, the guests were treated to a bonding/ pamper session before leaving with gift hampers and framed photographs of a memory of the day spent together.

The programme was designed to encourage and empower young mothers to be strong role models so that their daughters have a good support system.

However, the school would have not been able to host such a programme without the help of sponsors and volunteers. Lotusville Primary would like to thank The Al-Imdaad Foundation, parent, Mrs Rashid and volunteers who assisted in making their programme a resounding success.

Phoenix Sun

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