EQ is the Secret to Success and Happiness!
The Emotional Intelligence Charitable Trust was set up by the founders of EQ-AdvantEdge (click here to visit site)
, in order to equip the underprivileged children of South Africa with some of the advantages necessary to successfully navigate an ever-more changing and challenging world. For us at EQ-Trust, it is of paramount importance to create the opportunity for our children in South Africa to get a running start and good emotional foundation.
The team at EQ-Trust have developed emotional intelligence and leadership courses that are offered to underprivileged children and teenagers. These courses are perfect for enhancing emotional intelligence skills such as interpersonal, intrapersonal, self-esteem, anger and conflict management, communication skills, relaxation and nutritional awareness, how to use the brain more effectively, make the right decisions, see that we have choices in life, decrease violence and learn how to react better. The courses have already been running for six years in pre-primary, primary and high schools in KZN. The EQ-Trust has the goal to reach children and teenagers nationwide and help them to change, to become happy, emotionally mature and successful adults. EQ can be learned and we are passionate about transformation as we think that this is the answer to a violence-free society.
Please help us transform SA! We have started a "Hands-up for EQ" campaign to create awareness in SA to get emotional intelligence education into schools. We are asking people to support our project by lifting up their hand and taking a picture of themselves (like a high 5) or by sponsoring children in townships.
Research has proven that a high EQ (which can be learned) creates better leaders and a happier (less violent) society. EQ helps to promote better emotional awareness, communication, self-esteem and decision making. This is so necessary in our country. Our courses/projects are geared to go to all schools in SA (cities and townships) and promote these important skills.
Why is EQ important for the children of South Africa?
As Daniel Goleman quoted in his research: "IQ will get you through school, but EQ will get you through life." This is particularly true for the South African context. So many children and teenagers in South Africa have inadequate social skills, suffer from anxiety, are the subjects of bullying and violence, cannot concentrate, have sleeping problems and even show depressive PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms. Children facing these challenges don’t have the opportunity to develop the skills to cope well in life and often don’t have role models. They tend to slip into behaviour behavior patterns, such as crime and violence. Especially in our country, we see an excessive amount of violent behaviour due to a lack of emotional skills. This often is a result of many parents dying from exposure to HIV/AIDS, divorcing and breaking up the family unit or simply as a result of not having the time and the funds to educate their children. Sadly, another factor is the repetition of learned behaviour, as a result of having grown up in a violent household themselves. Did you know that the most criminially active generation are the teenagers that are between 12-19 years?
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It was the aforementioned factors, as well as the awareness of the dire need for emotional coping skills, that prompted us to formulate the courses. To date, we feel that there are no other similar or sufficient courses available to the children of South Africa.
Children with a high EQ are able to motivate themselves to follow through and achieve their goals. They are able to show empathy in understanding other people’s emotions, which helps them to relate to others.
By equipping these children with EQ skills we are teaching them to be better equipped to tackle problems, to build communication skills which intern helps them to follow rules and understand accountability.
Parents often parent as they were parented. Please help us to help these children to become the best citizens and parents that they can become.
We have started a campaign for our EQ-Trust to create awareness in SA to get emotional intelligence education into schools where kids really need more emotional support.