We have dedicated much of our educational work to teaching and supporting primary and high school educators in South Africa, helping them to bring a Narrative Therapy approach into the everyday lives of the young people they reach.
Through our experience of working in diverse contexts, we believe that it is these teachers and other so-called “lay counsellors” who are well positioned to help young people develop better/preferred narratives for their lives. The Voice project is our response to the harsh societal realities affecting children’s lives in South Africa; these are realities that result from invisibility, lack of voice, limited educational opportunities and exposure to high levels of violence and abuse.
In our many years of working in educational contexts, we have witnessed the powerful difference Narratively orientated teachers make by creating a context in which children can begin to re-story their lives. We believe that school leaders are well placed to foster and grow a Narrative ethos in their school communities, where everyone is aligned around preferred values and intentions for the wellbeing of children in their care. Our aim by inviting heads and other school leaders is for them to join us in inspiring under-resourced teachers in the Western Cape to see their roles as being more than academics.. We believe that Narrative Practice offers the means of transforming school communities into heartbeats of social justice and care.
To this end, The Cape Town Narrative Co-op is offering a ten hour (one and a half day) workshop to train and up-skill participants through an Introduction to Narrative Practice. We will be sharing our skills and experience to support educators in finding more hopeful ways of supporting the children in their care.
Practicalities of the project
Focusing on a re-storying and response-based philosophy of practice, the Voice project invites participants who are currently involved in education. The project is divided into a first and second phase.
Phase 1: Principals in the Western Cape are invited to the first 10 hour Voice workshop for primary and secondary school principals. Principals may volunteer one other member of their staff to join them on the workshop. The first phase workshop, with a maximum of 20 participants, is planned for Friday afternoon October 13th (15:00 - 18:00) and Saturday October 14th (8:30 - 15:30). Venue to be confirmed.
Due to a generous sponsorship by George Ducharme and Francois Conradie of Ducharme Consulting, we are able to offer this workshop free of charge. However, participants are expected to attend both days of the workshop.
Phase 2: Principals who want to take Narrative ideas into their school communities can approach us for a Voice workshop at their school during 2018.
The cost of our 10 hour workshop is R 15 000 for full staff training. A limited number of partial sponsorships are available for this workshop.
Please contact us if you would like to apply for the first workshop or if you require more information. Please will you RSVP soonest as we are offering the 10 available places for principals on a first come first serve basis this year. The closing date for applications is 20 September, but it seems that we might fill up earlier.
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