Raising boys to become good men

Dr Shahieda Jansen, a clinical psychologist who specialises in masculinised personal growth and development was one of the speakers at Dews of Quietness workshop.

Retreat-based non-profit organisation Dews of Quietness is running a programme that teaches fathers how to raise boys to become good men.

Dews of Quietness, launched their Father and Son restoration programme a day before Father’s Day (June 14) at the Retreat Community Hall.

The organisation’s focus is on working with women and children who mainly have been affected by domestic and gender-based violence.

However, their restoration programme turned the focus on finding ways for fathers and their sons to have conversations about raising boys to be good men with a strong sense of identity and values so that communities may become safe places for women and children, said Moriedah Dien, director of Dews of Quietness.

“Attended by 20 fathers with their sons/grandsons, the event culminated in a programme consisting of a three-course meal, entertainment, and speakers. Each father and child received gifts supplied by the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Early Childhood Development Directorate (ECD),” said Ms Dien.

Speakers included Bradley Johannisen from The Character Company, an NPO which runs a MENtorship programme for fathers and sons, and Dr Shahieda Jansen, a clinical psychologist who specialises in masculinised personal growth and development.

Since the launch, workshops have been continuing every Thursday at the offices of Dews of Quietness, in Oboe Street, at 2pm.

To book or for more information about the programme, contact Ms Dien at 081 382 5967 or 078 400 0801.

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