The Girls and Boys Town Education Model provides educators and parents with strategies and tools to develop healthy and sound relationships with children, both in the classroom and at home. Through nationally researched, standardized, specialized, and accredited child and youth care education programs, educators and parents are trained to teach learners values, a sense of social responsibility and appropriate behavioral and leadership skills, which develop their self-respect, dignity and tolerance for others.
The training program is administered through two national Training and Resource Centres, which provide training services in their regions and surrounding provinces, and includes courses such as:
- The Well Managed Classroom
- Administrative Intervention
- Effective Staff Development Through Consultation
- Specialized Classroom Management
In addition, the Girls and Boys Town Education Model directly supports struggling students through its "Protem" ("in the meantime") Units. These Units provide small, intensive remedial courses to learners who have been removed from school due to either academic or behavioral problems, with the ultimate goal of mainstreaming these learners back into standard schools as soon as possible.
The aim of the Girls and Boys Town Education Model is to empower the youth of South Africa to gain the respect and admiration of their peers, become more involved in decision making concerning their own affairs, to improve academic learning, and to develop into responsible citizens.
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Beneficiaries are charged anywhere between 0 and 2500 SA Rand, depending on the financial circumstances. Where possible the Girls and Boys Town Education Model tries to cover some or all costs for those who cannot afford to pay.
The costs of the service include:
- 1-5 days training
- 157 page manual and 49 page workbook
- Skills cards
- Certificate of completion
- Supportive services
Sponsorship programs to empower educators and parents with mechanisms to cope with the social and behavioral problems, that are prevalent amonst school-going children, both in the classroom and at home.
The Girls and Boys Town Education Model has had an impact on 1055 schools, institutions and creches (preschools), 10,333 educators, and 349,797 learners throughout South Africa, since it began in 2002.
To date programs of the Girls and Boys Town Education Model have been replicated informally.
Should there be availability of funds, the Girls and Boys Town Education Model will extend plans for future growth, including more training in accelerated learning, to a greater number of beneficiaries.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The Girls and Boys Town's Quality Assurance and Research Division monitors the quality, integrity and effectiveness of all the services, models and programs, on two levels:
- A Monitoring and Evaluation role and responsibility, where these teams assess whether the models and programs are implemented as expected and trained.
- The responsible conducting of professional research nationally.
Results from this monitoring and research informs the design and implementation of the Education Model and other programs.
Testimonial feedback is also collected from past learners.