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Title:Imbali Guidance Project: Facilitating Development among Guidance Educators in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
Author:Goedeke, SonjaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
secondary education
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Health and Nutrition
Teachers--Training of
Skills development
mental health
government policy
Imbali Guidance Project
KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
Abstract:The extraordinary social and political change in South Africa has translated into increased levels of stress for teachers and school managers, compounded by emotional, behavioural and social problems that learners may present in the classroom. There is a lack of staff and resources to provide professional assistance to pupils with problems. In the context of the School-Based Reform Initiative of five secondary township schools in KwaZulu Natal, the Imbali Guidance Teacher Support Programme was initiated towards the end of 1996, in cooperation with the Department of Educational Psychology of the University of Natal, in order to develop resources, skills, training and educational practices in the field of guidance. University staff saw the project as an opportunity to provide an alternative approach to psychological service delivery, structured according to the principles of community psychology: empowerment, consultation, social action, a needs-based approach and accessibility. This article sketches the background to the project, describes the programme, summarizes its evaluation, and discusses the results. Teachers reported feeling empowered both personally and professionally by the project, and that the service delivery to learners had improved. In the course of the project the emphasis shifted from a child psychopathology orientated framework to a more preventative and health promoting framework. However, although the project was held by its recipients to be a success, the fact that the focus was still too individualistic will limit its long-term viability. Bibliogr., sum.