“The PSS Forum creates an important platform for learning and sharing, building new knowledge, promoting evidence based interventions and harnessing the spirit of partnership. We are proud as a nation to host people from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and professions who are eager to see a better life for all children and youth regardless of
By Antonio Felix Jeronimo * There is growing attention to why boys and girls as well as men and women have unequal access to opportunities. While evidence has pointed to nothing being intrinsically different except sex, cultural values and norms that underline socialisation processes become key. Gender is the social role occupied by
By Erica Motau In case you haven’t heard, the online suicide game, which may have been responsible for over 130 teen deaths globally so far, is now causing concern in South Africa. The Blue Whale game is shrouded in mystery. Some claim it’s an app, but many believe it’s simply based on an agreement
By Eric Motau A FEW weeks ago, a police spokesperson reported that three Grade 7 boys had allegedly raped a Grade 2 girl at a Randburg school. That little girl’s reality is just the tip of the iceberg. Every day, thousands of girls across this country attend schools where they encounter gender-based violence. “Not
By Chilekwa Chisanga and Kelvin L Ngoma Perrykent Nkole is a 20-year-old young man from Zambia. He is one of the students who enrolled for REPSSI’s Community Based Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY) Diploma. Beyond enrolling simply to get a qualification, Perrykent is using the opportunity to develop skills to help him thrive in
World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that more than 350 million people are now living with depression, a significant increase of at least 18% between 2005 and 2015. Having limited or no supportive relationships, negative family environment, poor and inadequate socialisation, discrimination and traumatic events such as death of a close one can increase the risk
The aim of this research was to describe the prevalence of exposure to violence among adolescents in Malawi, and test the hypotheses that such exposures are associated with gender-based violent attitudes, and with internalizing and externalizing problems.
During initial implementation of the Teachers’ Diploma Program in Zambia (2013-2016), qualitative data was collected as a part of larger outcomes and process evaluation. In the current paper, these qualitative data are presented to describe baseline challenges and strengths within the Zambian government school system and early indicators of change during the first ten months of program implementation.
Students who graduated from the “CBWCY “- Course offered by REPSSI explain what they learned, their motivation for enrolling into the programme as well as how they intend to use knowledge gained. They also emphasised the importance of psychosocial support for children. Janeth obtained the “Community based work with children and youth” – certificate in
Non-communicable diseases including cancer are the leading cause of death worldwide. There are many factors that are contributing to the increasing incidence of cancer in the African region which include infectious agents, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and environmental factors. These factors intersect with weak cancer prevention and control programmes resulting