Two facilitators from Sophumelela Centre in East London not only liked the methodology but decided to intergrate in it in their outreach programme.The results have been fascinating. The use of film has significantly improved their programme and has made communicating difficult issues with the youth more manageable.
Under the guidance of a trained facilitator, the films have started a dialogue among young people on issues regarding peer pressure. The Steps films have been screened in communities such as Mdantsane, Duncan Village and others. The response from the schools reached has been overwhelming, not only from the learners, but the Life Orientation teachers that saw the films too.
After the screenings the participation from the audience was interactive and engaging. SMTs (School Management Teams) heartily embraced the concept. HODs (Head of Departments) at Sandisiwe High School in Mdantsane shared that it would have been great if we could screen the films to the whole school as all learners are desperately in need of such information from such interventions.
Young women at the Young Women’s Residence in Southernwood, East London, were very excited when the team from Sophumelela made a return visit after having been there earlier this year. During the screening, a few of them asked their boyfriends (who had come to visit) to stay for the screening and participate in the discussions. The manager at the residence extended the invitation to come again whenever possible to engage their young women on critical life issues.
The team was later presented with a newsletter that featured two testimonies by ladies that were involved in the screening of the film THREE AND A HALF LIVES OF PHILLIP WETU. The young ladies shared how great and informative the film was, and how it assisted them to make better choices as young people.
During these screenings in and around East London, 582 boys and girls from in and out-of-school as well as university students were reached.
Report prepared by Elaine Maane, Steps Outreach