How MOT works

Our important tools are the MOT programmes:

  • Robust Youth 12–16, consists of 12 standardized MOT sessions of 120/150 min.

  • Robust Youth 16–25, consists of 12 standardized MOT sessions of 90 min.


MOT South Africa partners with High Schools and tertiary education institutions and trains educators as MOT Coaches to implement the programme at their respective learning institutions.

The MOT Coach presents their sessions to the youth in a structured learning environment, over a three-year period, which contributes to the successful and sustainable outcomes of MOT.

The sessions include the use of practical exercises, role-play, group discussions, thought-provoking questions and general reflection on life to teach young people:

  • How to develop greater personal insight;
  • How to build a platform for positive relationships and to create a positive learning environment in the class;
  • How to care for themselves and each other and to give positive feedback to one another;
  • How to strengthen the ability to communicate, to focus on solutions and how to solve problems;
  • Concepts like positive attitude, values, respect, dignity, integrity, choices, dreams, and believing in the future;
  • Healthy dialogue between parents and youth;
  • How to nurture their own development, happiness and talents;
  • How to improve their self-esteem and develop self-confidence;
  • How to develop the courage to speak out, to make conscious choices and to say “no”;
  • Creative and critical thinking skills.


The development of the MOT programmes is based on Albert Bandura’s Social Learning and Self-efficacy Theories, Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, as well as Alan Carr’s six human strengths, of which courage in particular is regarded as pivotal to human well-being, progress and development.



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