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Joyful Schools

Become a Joy Catalyst in our train the trainer programme in high schools
Our facilitators are trained to support teachers to discipline adolecents in a positive way by using cooperative games, fun and play in order to create a more harmonious learning enironment

(Here is documented research on the positive use of play as an educational strategy in conflict resolution)

The vision of the Joyful schools campaign is to establish Joy Clubs for learners that want to proactively become Joy Catalysts – to be role models for positive change and activists of the heart – Joy activists, performing acts of humankind in their school, community and the world.

See our #Hula4Love – Circle of Love Campaign (hyperlink)that is encouraging youth of all ages to become fit, healthy and happy


The Upliftment Programme is collaborating and partnering with individuals, organisations and corporates aligned with the vision of creating more harmonious school environments for high school pupils.

Poverty, crime, drug abuse and gang related behaviours are proactively reducd with more focus on values based personal development and emotional wellness programmes that enhance positive aspects of our human nature – to be loving, kind, thoughtful, honest, caring, compassionate, respectful and considerate.


The Up plans to roll out a Train the Trainer Programme in Lavender Hill, Hershel and …… with future plans to inspire learners to create ‘Whats UP” Social Clubs that are Hip and Happy-ning / Proactively engaged in building unity in community, healthy, happy empowered citizens





In february 2012 the Upliftment Programme was invited to run a workshop in a pilot HIV peer education training programme that was being run by Mothers for All at Dwarsrivier male Correctional Centre in the Western Cape.


This programme was funded and overseen by the MAC AIDS Leadership Initiative Fund, which comprised a team from Colombia University’s AIDS unit, UCLA’s Global health Program and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa.


Previous attempts to train inmates as HIV peer educators using traditional training methods have met with little success int eh prisons. This innovative training method provided a special group of inmates, who call themselves the Group of Hope as they are trying to change prison conditions, with the following:


A comprehensive understanding of HIV disease including the biological and behavioural drivers of this epidemic


A personal development programme and variety of methods to bring about positive personal and group behavioural change


The UPliftment Programme showed the trainee inmates how negative behavioural patterns are motivated by fear and provided several dramatic ways to illustrate this to fellow inmates. Nicola jackman and her team taught the inmates a wide variety of games and exercises to help break down personal and group barriers through the experience of shared joy and laughter. The “joy’ games were then widely shared with the rest of the inmates and the atmosphere in the prison changed substantially. The number of assaults dropped and warders and other Correctional Services staff frequently remarked how much happier the inmates were and how they now looked forward to their work shifts.


The UPliftment Programme proved a turning point for the trained inmates who clearly understood that their attitude, rather than their circumstance (even in a prison), determined their life experience. They also realised that it was easier to get across health and other positive behavioural messages when they engaged the other inmates through games that brought about laughter and joy. As a result they managed to get almost all the inmates to test for HIV and substantially change high risk behaviours.


The Group of Hope peer educators have now trained a further 12 male peer educators at Worcester Male Centre and 15 female peer educators at Worcester female Centre.

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