Hector Petersen High - Teen Tatas Program 2015
“Absent fathers is a great concern in our society. We aim to promote positive male involvement in families and focus on fatherhood programmes, to reassure them of the importance of the role of a father/male role model in a family.”
The first Teen Tatas programme previously consisted of 8 young teenage fathers who were dedicated in educating themselves in ways of positive parenting. They are motivated to be the best fathers that they can be. Some of the key focus areas of their weekly workshops, included learning about self-esteem, discipline and managing finances. The students are still very motivated to grow and develop with the development of the programme and are currently in a support group.
As absent fathers is a reality in South African society, we aim to actively recruit young fathers within the schools in the community, including those who fathered children with the teen mothers in our Teen Parenting Mothers group. We aim to teach these young men their roles and responsibilities as fathers, as well as empower them to “be present” fathers. Where possible, any child needs both parents, and we hope to introduce the teen fathers into socialization process for and with their children, and thereby instill a balanced view and sense of self.