SayPro Safety in schools of South Africa.

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SayPro is a nonprofit organization that provides various training services to the community. They provide training in drugs and substance abuse. This training is provided because, during adolescence, a young person goes through biological and psychological changes. In addition to the physical changes that mark growing up, the teen’s brain is also developing ways to work more effectively. We empower more than 10 000 youth by providing Life and Work Readiness skills through ICT based programs.

Good quality education is one of the main avenues for developing resilience to criminality. Ensuring that young people have access to consistent and good quality education is a community-wide concern and responsibility. School safety is a priority in South Africa. In some communities, schools are so underresourced that even basic security measures such as fencing are inadequate. Schools in very high crime areas face the danger of crime spilling over into school grounds.

Improved design and management of the physical environments around schools is one approach to school violence and crime prevention. Local governments can assist in ensuring that new schools are appropriately located in safe areas; that lighting and road design contribute to safety, and that liquor licenses are not granted in the vicinity of schools.

Local governments can also contribute to fencing and lighting of the school premises, and to keeping nearby parks and open spaces clean and neat. Another approach to school safety, known as the ‘whole school’ approach, is to ensure that schools are sites where the quality of life is continuously being improved, as a way of addressing the social, economic, and environmental factors that increase the chances of a young person becoming involved in crime.

School-based violence prevention has been tackled by a range of service providers in South Africa. Although education is not a local government competency, there are instances in which local governments have developed school safety programs in their area, such as the former City of Durban and the former Centurion local council.

Working with schools requires a collaborative approach with schools and district and provincial Departments of Education and the SAPS. Multi-agency co-operation is key to successful crime prevention programs. School-based programs may take on a range of activities in response to the specific problem. These may include conflict resolution training for learners and educators, family-based programs, and after-school programs.

After-school care Programmes that offer supervision to young people before and after school hours have been successfully implemented in a range of settings. Most commonly, these programs have been established on local government property such as community halls or in social housing communities, or at schools. These may also be linked to schools and managed by CBO’s, NGO’s or by community ‘caregivers’ in their homes.

After-school programs need to be cost-effective for parents and need to be adequately funded – a point which should be considered when local councils allocate budgets. The use of volunteers, student teachers, and social workers, and the use of municipal buildings such as libraries, parks, and community halls can help to reduce the costs of after-school programs. After-school programs traditionally focus on providing games and sports. However, programs that offer decision-making skills, interpersonal competence, cultural awareness, self-esteem, and drug and alcohol prevention have resulted in better family bonding, more pro-social behavior, self-control, and emotional awareness, assertiveness, co-operation, and confidence in the young participants. Targeting these social competencies is shown to have a marked impact on reducing youth criminality.

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