In September 2018 a brand new initiative called the Mindful Living Program was introduced by the Western Cape Education Department as part of their Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative, as Cape Town Etc reports. The programme teaches learners and educators across the province how to de-stress through yoga, breathing practices and mindfulness meditation.
Above and beyond teaching both learners and educators yoga and meditation, the initiative also addresses the importance of mental health and the day-to-day struggles shared by people living in impoverished areas and how these realities and challenges can affect a young persons psychology and physiology.
Practising yoga and mindfulness provides these youth with life-long ‘inner tools’ – a means of tapping into an internal strength and ability to maintain mental and psychical resilience when dealing with stress and adversities in life.
Since it launched last year, the Mindful Living programme has had over 900 learners and 160 educators participate in it. Below is a list of all 18 schools actively partaking in the programme. The programme involves the efforts of both Lotus Production Management and the international collective, The Art of Living, be sure to check them both out online.
1. Boundary Primary School Bonteheuwel
2. Arcadia High School
3. Bonteheuwel High School
4. Windmere High School
5. Mary Kihn School for the Deaf
6. Observatory Primary School
7. Athwood Primary School
8. Factreton Primary School
9. Good Hope Seminary High School
10. San Souci Girls High School
11. Bramble Way Primary School
12. Vista High School
13. St Pauls Primary School
14. Tenderton Programme with Learners with behaviour problems
15. Modderdam High School
16. Klipfontein Primary School
17. Sentinel Primary School
18. Golden Grove Primary School