Building self-esteem and exploring ways to manage conflict

A lot of individuals struggle with their self-esteem when they grow up, additionally, this is carried out even when they are adults, making it difficult for them to interact with others. This goes as far as hindering their achievements as they are afraid to express themselves and their ideas or fulfil a certain task because they do not believe in themselves.
As an organisation, we believe in encouraging our beneficiaries to work towards building their self-esteem and confidence at grassroot level to ensure they grow up believing in themselves and their capabilities to achieve anything they strive to attain and put their mind to. Women Leaders South Africa (WLSA) in partnership with Child Welfare Tshwane hosted a ‘Self ‘Cav Workshop to address self-awareness, values, managing self, developing social-emotional skills, and conflict.
The purpose of the workshop was to assist the beneficiaries with fostering positive awareness and identifying their strengths and weaknesses to enable them to manage emotions and handle conflict appropriately.
We encouraged the participants to reflect on themselves and write 10 things they love about themselves and 10 things they would like to improve. This activity allowed them to dig deep and share attributes that they were not aware of and embrace themselves wholly.
We also facilitated a conflict management activity where beneficiaries together with the facilitators were divided into groups and were given conflicts scenarios in different settings to role play and come up with a resolution.

One of the groups had a conflict with a sibling’s scenario which demonstrated a younger sibling causing trouble to her older siblings and their mother always taking the younger sibling’s side, making the older siblings feel like they are unloved by the mother.
After this play participants engaged in an open discussion which led to an emotional session as participants related to the role play and shared how they experience favouritisms at home which severely affects their self-esteem as they feel unloved more and tend to think it is their fault. Social workers and psychologists intervened and provided emotional support to the participants.

The workshop ended with a dignity packs handover, where over 60 dignity packs were donated by Future Skin and Body Clinic. Each dignity pack included a pack of sanitary towels for the girls, a roll-on, toothpaste and toothbrush, body lotion, bath soap, facecloth for both the girls and boys, a sweet treat, and a journal to encourage the beneficiaries to keep an emotional journal and take time for a daily emotional assessment to allow the participants to explore their emotions.