The Umhlali brochure is now available for download as a PDF (952kb). Click on the image to the left to begin downloading.
This is Umhlali’s online platform to link child victims of violence with local service providers 24 hours a day. The platform links children using keyword algorithms.
The platform does not track any identifying details of the child using the site. Once the child has entered basic information on age, gender and nearest major town, the platform generates a list of the nearest service provider addresses, working hours, landline, email address and emergency 24 number (if they have one). This list can then be printed out or emailed as a PDF.
The site is free to use, generously sponsored by HDF and Comic Relief. We will be formally launching Uphephe during Child Protection Week from the 27 May – 2 June 2016. We were assisted in the development of Uphephe by Lightspeed.
Umhlali will be hosting a table at the Child Protection Week events in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth.
Child Protection Week is the 27 May – 2 June 2016.
We are getting ready by ordering in some materials to help promote awareness of child protection issues. We have just ordered our first project banner, and we have ordered stickers, keyrings and wristbands to help launch our new child protection platform Uphephe.
More details to follow soon!
We had a very interesting meeting recently with Tracey Butchart from Rubricate, who has some very interesting software on assessing learner competencies in maths and science. We are thinking of using the maths software to benchmark results from our homework club.
We are in the process of providing more structure to our homework clubs (now at 79 learners!) and also starting early for the lower grades who leave school early in the afternoon.
We have also placed an order for educational equipment and resources from SA Toy Trade and we are really looking forward to receiving our new learning materials.
Umhlali is busy working on developing an intervention framework in order to engage with boys and men regarding positive manhood. This will involve challenging values, attitudes and beliefs that enable gender bias, violence and discrimination, and also exploring and building on the positive ways in which men and boys can contribute to a safer community for all.
We have completed desktop research on best practices regarding engaging with men and boys and will be moving on to engaging with men and boys on their ideas, needs and interests. We hope to have material ready for piloting later in 2016.