Empowering Futures: MOT SA’s Schools Impact Report Event

Today marked a significant milestone as MOT South Africa proudly hosted the MOT Schools Impact Report event, unveiling the transformative results of our collaborative project with Rotary International, known as the MOT Courage to Care Global Project.

The research, conducted by SPHER3 NPC, highlighted the invaluable role of the MOT Programme in selected schools within the Cape Flats community. Dr. Punithasvaree Mamdoo from SPHER3 NPC emphasized, “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” This sentiment encapsulates the essence of the MOT Programme and its focus on empowering both educators and learners alike.

Initiated in 2020, the Courage to Care Global Project is a collaborative effort involving The Rotary Club of Wynberg, Haugaland Upper Secondary School, Karmøy Rotary Club, Rotary District 9350, and the Rotary Foundation. MOT SA was identified as an implementing partner and training service provider, addressing the specific needs of the Grassy Park Community, including Fairmount Secondary School, Zeekoevlei High School, and Lotus High School.

The project aimed to create safe schools and local environments where youth can grow and develop in peace and harmony, learning self-acceptance and self-respect. Key shared goals of the project include:

  • Developing resilient youth
  • Empowering educators and community leaders
  • Cultivating a culture of respect and ubuntu (humanity)

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MOT SA Country Director, Viola Manuel Reporting on MOT Impact on Schools

Viola Manuel, MOT SA Country Director, expressed her gratitude for the collective efforts of partners, stakeholders, funders, MOT coaches, and principals. “The latest research results, alongside previous achievements, affirm the impact that the MOT Programme has on our youth. Their support and collaboration have been instrumental in achieving these commendable outcomes.”

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Dylan Tommy, Principal of Gardens Commercial High School sharing on the impact of MOT at his school

Dylan Tommy, Principal of Gardens Commercial High School echoed that the MOT Programme, which was implemented at the school two years ago, has had a significant impact on behavioural challenges at the school. “We have stopped detention. There is a calmness in the school. Learners’ confidence has developed and they feel more confident to ask questions. “We have also seen an increase in academic performance.” Tommy encouraged other schools to follow suit.

MOT SA team with Ayanda Dlamini Heart FM
From Left: Tristan Lakay, Andiswa Makha, Ayanda Dlamini, Viola Manuel, Jacqueline Carolus, Granya Sebo, Bernelee Luke-Joseph

A special thank you goes to MOT ambassador Ayanda Dlamini and Heart FM presenter for serving as the Master of Ceremony at the event. Her presence added to the significance of the occasion. We would also like to extend my appreciation to all the guests for attending and contributing to the discussions.

Lastly, heartfelt gratitude to Rotary for their commitment to this remarkable project that positively impacts the lives of countless individuals. And to our MOT coaches, your dedication and passion are truly commendable. Thank you for your unwavering support in empowering our youth and fostering a brighter future for our communities.

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