The lack of psychosocial support in SA schools is one of many challenges children face, one that has often been neglected and made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is especially true for schools in marginalized communities.
According to NPO Equal Education Organizing Director, Nontsikelelo Dlulani, one cannot part from tackling other challenges children face without deal with psychosocial support. “Psychosocial support can push this child to become a better version of themselves,” says Dlulani.
The burden of helping children with their psychosocial needs often falls on teachers who are not qualified to deal with them and who are other challenges abound are faced with the country’s education system.
Dlulani says addressing the lack of mental health support in schools depends on collaboration between the Department of Education, the Department of Social Development and other partner organizations deal with the psychosocial support of children.
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