Education and leadership

Cultural Affairs is responsible for national strategy development, projects related to international liaison and areas related to language and culture.

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AfriForum is in favour of quality native language education and therefore focuses especially on Afrikaans schools. We will fight any matter that threatens the ethos and quality of education offered by these schools.

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Anti-bullying campaign

Leandie Bräsler

Tania Scheepers

Dink of Sink debate competition


Tania Scheepers


Entrepreneuskompetisies en -opleiding vir leerders

Leandie Bräsler

Tania Scheepers

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Youth and leadership development

It is important to AfriForum to work together with learners, teachers and parents to make a difference and create hope in schools. Every child in our country deserves the necessary guidance to develop their leadership skills – they are after all the leaders of tomorrow. Ons kinders is immers die leiers van môre. We offer a leadership development session in cooperation with Manie Botha from Evolve Life in schools for Grade 6 and 7 learners.

Email or if your school wants to access these service.

Nursery schools

Pandemic Risk Management Guide – A Guide for Early Childhood Development Centres in South Africa

Webinar: Risk Management for Nursery schools


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Anti-bullying campaign

AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign has been creating awareness across the country since 2017 and empowers primary school learners to stand up against bullies en make a difference in their school themselves.

Download the guide here.

AfriForum introduced another aspect of the anti-bullying campaign in 2020. This aspect focuses on high schools and discusses the theme of suicide. Bullying and suicide often go hand in hand, and it is therefore important to create awareness in this regard. Email or if your school wants to make use of this offer.

  1. AfriForum’s anti-bullying guide (only in Afrikaans)

AfriForum’s anti-bullying guide helps learners to grasp the meaning and impact of bullying by comparing it to an ugly, irritable and bullying giant. This metaphor will help children to grasp the role that they play in bullying, whether they are typically the targets, the bystanders or the bullies themselves – or even a combination of all three categories. The role of bystanders are especially important. The guide is aimed at helping children to understand the power of bystanders: To become allies for one another and to stand up for themselves and others. The guide helps them to realise that they can learn to become emphatic; it teaches them to become involved in good and friendly deeds and how to stand up against bullies. It is important to start the create this awareness in children first, because they can act as agents of change to make a further change in society.

As adult, you can share the content of the guide with your child/children by discussing it with them.

May our children learn to cherish their identities and to treat others with respect. Our children are the leaders of tomorrow: our country’s future. You as parent or teacher have an enormous impact in our children’s lives. Teach them to shine their little lights brightly in the dark world outside, so that they can make a difference in other children’s lives. Teach them to build rather than break down their friends. We are all unique and selected!

Download the anti-bullying guide here (only in Afrikaans).

  1. Resource guide for the COVID-19 lockdown and other times of crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic brought South Africa to a standstill, just like in the rest of the world. Not only does it have a major impact on the physical health of adults and, but it may also have a significant on their emotional well-being. In these uncertain times everyone attempts to adapt to this new “normal”.

AfriForum decided to cooperate with Impact Therapy Centre by translating the guide compiled by the psychologist Ashleigh Yaman. This guide is important because it empowers children and adults (parents and teachers) with techniques to manage times of anxiety and overwhelmed feelings. In such times, frustration increases and anxiety levels rise extraordinarily high. The fact that it cannot be ascertained with certainty when the virus and its impact will come to an end poses great challenges to everyone’s emotional well-being. That is why it is good to have a guide such as this one. We are therefore thankful to be working in this way with Ashleigh Yaman and Impact Therapy Centre. Thank you! This guide will be usable even in the post-COVID-19 ere when adults will have to pick up the pieces. They may become overwhelmed if they have to start working again or have to find work. Schools, teachers and learners will possibly have to adjust to an amended curriculum; the normal routine of the year may change, which means that everyone will have to adapt to the new routine.

The techniques in this guide can be applied to any crisis, among these bullying in children, and it can be used by parent, teachers and learners. It is especially important to AfriForum’s youth leadership division to look after our country’s children and their safety – physical as well as emotional.

We are confident that this guide will make a difference in many lives.

Download the resource guide for COVID-19 lockdown and other times of crisis.

For children, parents and teachers:

For parents and teachers (only in Afrikaans):

Short documentary

Herman Odendaal
AfriForum’s short documentary on the story of the 12-year-old Herman Odendaal


Leandie Bräsler
AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign


Gerhard Nieuwoudt
AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign


Prof. Elmarie Kritzinger


Daniël Eloff
AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign


Ashleigh Yaman
AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign


Hui-Mari Meyer
AfriForum’s anti-bullying campaign

  1. Webinar on cyberbullying (only in Afrikaans)

AfriForum’ anti-bullying campaign team offers a webinar on cyberbullying at, which focuses on:

  • bullying, with specific emphasis on cyberbullying and what it entails
  • children and the safe use of technology, the internet and applications
  • the danger signs of possible suicide attempts
  • legal advice: what the law says on bullying and cyberbullying


  • Leandie Bräsler (AfriForum’s Manager of Junior Leadership)
  • Elmarie Kritzinger (Unisa)
  • Gerhard Nieuwoudt (District Coordinator at AfriForum)
  • Daniël Eloff (attorney at Hurter Spies Inc.)

Listen to the webnar for free:

AfriForum and Solidarity Helping Hand take hands with the #EkIsWondermeisie campaign. This is where AfriForum’s anti-bully campaign and Helping Hand’s FroueVonds and #HelpHetta project merge to make a difference in needy girls’ lives. This year this organisation will pay schools in the Eastern Cape a visit.

AfriForum’s anti-bully campaign focuses on empowering young people and to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to put a stop to bullying. Sometimes inner bullying takes place, especially among young girls.

Three thousand school girls’ lives come to a standstill every five days, because their households cannot afford sanitary ware. The #HelpHetta project distributes sanitary ware and other necessary hygienic products to girls on a quarterly basis. These Hetta girls are educated in various matters, such as rejection, peer pressure, self-defence and abuse. Furthermore they are supported emotionally and mentally through regular WhatsApp messages. The content is compiled by Helping Hand’s team of social workers. Visit for more information.

In a broken and competitive world it is particularly necessary to empower girls to stand out in this world by encouraging them to just be themselves. During the Help Hetta tour a lot of elements from AfriForum’s anti-bully campaign are used, where we will talk about the importance of self-esteem and that we should not look for our worth in this world, but that we are already worthy in God’s eyes. Girls are inclined to belittle themselves through comparisons and the use of social media – it ruins their self-confidence. It is important to empower girls in such a way that they realise their bodies are a temple of Jesus Christ and that they must respect and protect their own bodies and that our bodies must also be respected by others. #EkIsWondermeisie will also teach the girls to put on their full armour.

Meet the #EkIsWondermeisie team

Benette Welman

Project organiser at Solidarity Helping Hand

Role in project: As project organiser of the #HelpHetta project it is her privilege to look after the holistic well-being of 3 000 schoolgirls on a daily basis throughout South Africa. We ensure that the girls receive sanitary ware, but we also put effort into every other facet of their lives, so that they are equipped to grab life with both hands.

Leandie Bräsler

Manager: Junior Youth Leadership Development at AfriForum

Role in project: She is the motivational speaker during the #HelpHetta tour to empower girls with the #EkIsWondermeisie talk that also forms part of AfriForum’s anti-bully campaign.

Bernadette Nel-Naude

Community Development Manager at Atlas Security in Port Elizabeth

Bernadette is the face of the company Atlas Security in the Port Elizabeth community and the face of the community in the company. She spends her days in the community to teach and empower people to protect themselves. During her career in the security field she experienced that crime against women increases more and more and that it negatively impacts the growth and development of young girls. She then decided to do everything possible to focus on empowering and protecting this target group at schools, women’s associations, forums, etc. by offering safety speeches and self-defence workshops.

Tania Scheepers

Project Assistant: Education at AfriForum

Role in project: Tania is a hardworking woman who makes all the necessary arrangements from AfriForum’s side during the #HelpHetta tour. She ensures that photos and videos are taken during the tour for AfriForum’s social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.