A Foundation of Wellbeing for Students


An all-female student workshop entitled Girlology,took place on the 20th May 2014 at the False Bay College (FBC) Muizenberg Campus.

The workshop aims were to provide support and mentoring on how to survive and thrive as a female in today’s society. This is within the socio-economic context of South Africa, where real inequities prevail and young girls are exposed to high levels of gender-based violence.

By facilitating a workshop of this nature aimed atfemale students in addressing issues of independence, self-worth and self-esteem, the intention is to empower through knowledge. The workshop’s core objective was to change misconceptions around such issues as HIV infection, rape, domestic violence and teenage pregnancy, to name but a few. 

Sponsored by Kotex and facilitated by motivational speaker, Karen Burt, the material focused on challenging self-limiting beliefs and enhancing self-esteem. The talk also contained education on feminine hygiene and allowed the students an opportunity to reflect on their knowledge of this area of their health.

The workshop concluded with a question and answer session. Two male facilitators formed part of these discussions on gender stereotypes and the female studentsengaged in lively discussion. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance and the female students were thrilled to receive Kotex goodie bags at the end.

One Man Can Workshop

“Men are from earth, Woman are from earth. Deal with it”.  This was the opinion of the late comedian and Grammy-winning comedian, George Carlin.

In keeping with Mr Carlin’s proposition, FBC Muizenbergfacilitated a workshop run by Sonke Justice for the college’s male students.

The core objective of the workshop was to address issues of masculinity, sexuality and respect for self and others. The students were first addressed as a large group and then split into smaller syndicates where in-depth discussions took place on the issues affecting young South African men today.

The feedback from the workshopwas that the topics discussed were very relevant and that it was good to have the forum to talk about thesesensitive issues.

Drug Awareness

The pressures and challenges faced by today’s youth are greatly different to those overcome by youth of yesteryear.A need to address the students of FBC Muizenburg Campusby raising awareness of the perils of drugs, destroying careers and families throughout South Africa’s communities, was identified.

The aim of the Drug Awareness programme held on the 8th May 2014 was to provide students with information on substance abuse and the dangers thereof. It was facilitated by two presenters from the South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (S.A.N.C.A.), a local out- patient rehabilitation centre.

S.A.N.C.A. has a mission statement that encapsulates the following:

  • To develop, consolidate and sustain outcome based addiction services in South Africa through active partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • To facilitate the development, expansion and sustainability of outcome-based addiction services in Southern Africa through provision of training and consultancy services.
  • To influence policy formulation and to lobby and align SANCA with the initiatives towards safer communities.
  • To strengthen the corporate image of SANCA through effective marketing of our footprint.

These ideals were used as the framework for topics addressed by this workshop around the popular psychoactive drugs in use by the youth of today.  The negative effects of these mind-altering drugs were discussed in-depth and the social consequences of abusing them were highlighted. 

An interactive session of this nature provided the perfect opportunity to challenge the scourge of drugs in the communities and students were encouraged to ask questions.

The students inquisitively engaged with the facilitators andlistened in earnest to the dangers associated with the use of illegal narcotics. 

The session ended with information and guidelines providing assistance for students on where to seek treatment if needed. This session was supported through posters containing the contact details of local rehabilitation centres being displayed on campus.