Training is free in no-fee and low-fee schools. We start with Assemblies (whole-school and same grade assemblies). This is followed by class to class lessons, repetitively each week within life skills periods. Lessons are interactive, consisting of games, film, discussion and learning and revising self-defence moves without using weapons.

Prevention Workers (PWs) are adults over the age of 18, must be local people (usually unemployed volunteers). PWs are usually unemployed volunteers who are trained and qualified to do violence interventions. They come from the local community and are able to speak with the children in their own language, in age-appropriate ways. They must have Police and Social Register Clearances for offences involving violence and abuse.

Peer Trainers (PTs) are young people aged 16 and above. These are young people who are unemployed in the community and who assist PWs in the schools and in the community. Through involvement with our programme many of these young people, who might have dropped out of school, are encouraged to return to education. They must have Police and Social Register Clearances for offences involving violence and abuse.

IPM Ambassadors are students (learners) in high school aged 14 and above, who want to be older brothers and sisters, and they assist PWs in after-school clubs at their closest primary schools.

IPM Learner Committees are established in each secondary/high school. The Learner Committee leads the programme in each school. They are the ones who tell us what the priorities for them are, so as to ensure that the programme is customised to the specific needs of each school and its community. Each school situated 10 kms from another has huge social differences as to religion, culture and language. Learner Committees are the ‘eyes and ears’ for the school community. Here the young people develop leadership skills through doing committee work, and we encourage them to serve on school safety committees.

Outcomess include:

  • Reduction in incidents of violence
  • Increase in bystander interventions
  • Assistance to educators to satisfy their duty of youth involvement under the South African National Development Plan for Education
  • Gender based violence awareness through teacher and parent workshops
  • Outreach: PWs are active in their own groups – churches, mosques, youth clubs et
  • Skills Development and job creation