What is the EQ Charitable Trust?
The Emotional Intelligence Charitable Trust was registered and received its NPO status in 2012.
We are in the process of arranging an annual benefits event as a means of developing funding and awareness. This would allow us to run the courses in some of the schools that we have identified as needy. We want to create awareness on a national level as we feel it is imperative that EQ is taught to all children, allowing them a better chance at success, and in so creating a nation that can learn to work together.
EQ makes up approximately 80% of your success factor, while IQ makes up approximately 20%.
Throughout the course, the participants become familiar with, through participation rather than passive learning, the following topics:
- Identifying feelings
- Nutritional awareness
- Positive thinking
- Anger management
- Emotional awareness
- Self-relaxation (and many more)
Each week, each child is encouraged to practise these skills in their daily lives and routines and will be rehearsed in them at the start of each new session. There will be a limit on the amount of children per group per session, to provide more quality interaction and knowledge development in each lesson. For every 10 children/teenagers sponsored, we are willing to sponsor 2 more children/teenagers ourselves.
As part of their course materials, each child will receive:
- Sessions that are presented by facilitators who come from the field of psychology
- One-on-one as well as group facilitation
- A self-esteem building, guided relaxation CD with worksheets and instructions
- A booklet on nutritional information (more for the parents)
- A certificate of completion at the end
The EQ courses have been designed in order to equip children with some of the advantages necessary to successfully navigate an ever-more changing and challenging world! For us at Advant-Edge, it is paramount to create the opportunity for our future leaders to get a running start in this area!
Using interactive, engaging, fun and most of all, educational styles of delivery, the EQ courses are designed to promote emotional well-being, socially appropriate behaviour, better understanding of selves and others, greater self-esteem as well as physical wellness. This is achieved through various lessons designed around these topics, delivered by knowledgeable facilitators with a background in the field of Psychological studies. Our facilitators are trained to make use of sound social and psychological theory and practice, to make each lesson not only enjoyable, but practical too!
Participants are encouraged to interact through various play-therapy, role-play and hands-on experiences, in order to maximise understanding and absorption of the material! They will have the opportunity to act-out difficult-to-resolve issues, in a safe and facilitated environment and engage the various senses, to amplify their comprehension in any given lesson. Each participant will be allowed and encouraged to put any questions or scenarios to their peers, promoting social-learning and acceptance of self and others, in an environment which is supportive and non-judgmental. The nutritional sessions are designed to help children understand what is healthy and good for them and why. Fun and interactive exercises and illustrations help them to make better decisions regarding healthy eating choices. Through visualisation and relaxation exercises, they will be taught how to take control of their emotions and self-esteem, giving them the tools to develop greater well-being and exercise equanimity, calmness and self-composure!