Life skills coaching for deaf learners report March 2016

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Deaf Zimbabwe Trust together with Culture Shock Trust conducted a Life Skills Coaching session for Deaf youths. In attendance were students from Danhiko School and Deaf Zimbabwe Trust School. Participants were aged between 15 and 24 years. The workshop was facilitated by Nqobile Munzara who is the founder of Culture Shock Trust.

The presentation by Nqobile took a social approach to SRH and analysed the role that self-awareness plays in SRH. She began by conducting a self-assessment exercise with the participants. The exercise sought to develop self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence in Deaf youths by asking the following:

  • Who am I?
  • What am I worth?
  • What can I do?

Nqobile highlighted that this was an important exercise noting that when you know who you are, you can change your behaviour so that you can achieve your goals.

The presenter also addressed relationships amongst teenagers. She noted that young people in relationships often feel pressured to do things that they do not necessarily want to do. Nqobile explained that thinking one is in love doesn’t mean one should have sex. Indulging in premarital sex is risky and could result in Sexually Transmitted Infection and unwanted pregnancy. She noted that being clear about one’s vision can potentially protect a young person from indulging in risky sexual activity whose consequences can derail one from their vision. Nqobile also highlighted some sexually transmitted infections and the dangers they pose to one’s overall health and wellbeing.   

About DZT

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust was formed and registered as a trust in 2012 and began operations in 2013. Initially the organisation was formed to advance the rights of Deaf children.


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