Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa

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Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa: Empowering parents and communities to raise a new generation of Africans who wil

mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africamthatha , South Africa
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The betterment of Africa will only be achieved through millions of grassroots initiatives genuinely concerned with transforming humanity from childhood. In order to transform humanity from childhood we must empower parents with skills and tools, grounded in their own experiences and reflections.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we started transforming Africa from childhood?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of good Parenting skills in parents has resulted in many antisocial behaviours in African people. Some cultural norms in Africa promote violence, abuse, fear, oppression and corruption from childhood. There are very few programmes for parenting and early childhood development that involve parents directly in Africa Corporal punishment is officially illegal in most African countries but teachers and parents still continue to use.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

By empowering parents, teachers and caregivers through: 1. The formation of community based study circles: Parents come together in their communities and with the help of trained parent educators and our manuals share their experiences, thoughts and ideas, and will learn more about the needs of children, positive discipline and how to improve their relationships with their children. 2. Positive discipline workshops for teachers and local leaders 3. Including parenting education in antenatal classes 4. Awareness programmes on radio and TV 5. Parenting coaching 6. Peer Education programmes on character building 7. Conferences and workshops on parenting education
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

As a parent and teacher myself, I understand the need to understand, respect and trust my children and students. My relationship with them is not one of coercion. I am able to maintain discipline in my class and at home without corporal punishment. My children understand positive citizenship and the need to maintain their dignity and respect others. They are different from other children who grew up in environments where parents had no parenting skills. 5 parents I started this project with have greatly improved their relationships with their children. Their teachers also reported a positive transformation in the behaviours of their children.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

To date, as we are starting the project and no funds are available yet, our impact is still limited to 10 parents. We will extend the pilot project in February to include 20 more parents. By 2019 we expect 40% of South African parents, teachers and caregivers from rural villages to urban cities to improve on their relationships with their children through our activities. We also expect to reduce violence, disconnectedness, abuse and other antisocial behaviours to reduce in our communities due to the transformation of both the humanity of children, their parents and teachers. We expect that parenting education will be taken more seriously by the government and its institution and the partnership of the parents and teachers in the education of the child will be be seen differently. We also expect 40% of the clinics to include parenting education in antenatal classes.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We will map communities in fields of 1500 people and clusters of 5 fields. Each field will run the following core activities with the help of a trained parent educator from that field and our participant and facilitator manuals: 1. Community study circles 2. Local leaders workshops 3. School programmes 4. Antenatal parenting education classes Every cluster will have a resource centre for parenting education and counselling services. Programmes such as radio and TV shows, conferences and seminars will be held at national level.