CTLI presents their first online writing project anthology
16 September 2021
A group of Western Cape teachers penned their deepest thoughts and feelings in a moving anthology around the theme ‘Writing is Healing’.
The Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) recently ran a six-week webinar series aimed at providing teachers with psycho-social support by giving them a space to write and develop their personal writing skills. Experts in the field of writing supported teachers throughout the process. About 185 teachers participated in the project that equipped them with tools to use in their personal writing and in the classroom.
The writing project was a direct response to what teachers have experienced over the last year or two. Marchelle Fester of the CTLI said they received many messages throughout the series of how much teachers appreciated the Western Cape Education Department recognising that they need support for the trauma they are currently experiencing in their personal as well as professional capacities. “What came out of this project astounded us all – teachers shared personal stories of heartache and pain that literally took my breath away and often left us crying during these intense webinar sessions.”
Participants could submit their stories and poems to be included in the anthology. The library of 4 E-books is available at the following link: read.bookcreator.com/library/-Mg60yX_NoEp9oW6EgMM
The books are beautifully illustrated and some of the pieces are accompanied by audio.
The CTLI wish to continue with this project in the future and hope that many more teachers of the Western Cape will have the opportunity to share and use writing as a tool of healing.
The WCED reminds teachers and staff at schools that the Employee Health and Wellness Programme provides for professional support for various issues, from family challenges, financial advice, relationships, medical advice and work-related challenges.
Colleagues can contact the EWHP on their toll-free number: 0800 111 011 to have a confidential conversation with one of their counsellors who will provide counselling support.