South Africa

Journey in the Classroom

The Journey in the Classroom Pilot Program began with one teacher and in one school. Jayshree Mannie, who is now an Ambassador for Journey Outreach South Africa, and an accredited Journey Practitioner. As a teacher, Jayshree knew that the children in her class could benefit from the Journey as much as she did. She developed a method for the whole class to undergo a Journey process one on one and in a group.

The results were astounding! At the end of the year, the class who received no Journeywork at all were averaging a 67 percent pass rate. Those who underwent occasional Journeywork were averaging 76 percent pass rate and those who received regular Journeys, once a week – were averaging an amazing 91 to 93 percent pass rate.

Her love of children gave birth to an informal pilot study in study in 2004 involving four schools; headed by Dr Nirmala Devi Gopal, University of KwaZulu Natal, and supported by a team of researchers, fieldworkers, and translators. The results of the study showed that children had:

  • Greater interest in their academic work
  • Significant improvement in their relationships
  • More respect for one another
  • Become calmer, more resourceful, and more self disciplined
  • Better problem solving and learning skills
  • Reduced rates of absenteeism and late coming
  • Better behavior and no more bullying

This program is being replicated all over the world and is now in over 2000 classrooms.

Alexandra Schools Project

In Alexandra, violence, rape, substance abuse, and poverty are familiar. Pass rates in the schools are low; anger and aggression are commonplace. Through Journey Outreach, many children and adults are learning to release their pain and discover the brilliant diamond within.

The Alexandra Schools Project was initiated in 2008 at the Kwa-Bhekilanga Secondary School. The efforts of three Journey Practitioners, Junior Morudu, Juditte Nthabiseng Schlebusch, and Jay Bhana, have grown to a full time focus over the last 3 years. Today five Journey Practitioners work daily to serve over 1,000 children in 35 classes. In addition to weekly processes in the classroom, one-on-one work is also available to students, teachers and parents.

Teachers report reduced violence, less drug use, fewer student pregnancies, improved learning, improved behavior in and out of the class room, and improved self-esteem. According to one teacher, “If this Journey programme can get to our learners, we can have violence free schools and good citizens.”

Phelophepa Health Care Train Journey in the Schools

This project was initiated in 2007 with Transnet Foundation’s Phelophepa Health Care Train in rural South Africa. The Health Care Train is a mobile clinic providing primary health care, dental, eye, and mental health services along with classroom education in basic health care for community volunteers. An accredited Journey Practitioner travels with the train as part of the health care services and to implement The Journey in the Schools program.

While the train is in town teachers and educators are providing training in The Journey tools to empower them to take The Journey into their classrooms and communities. Two Journey volunteers visit the communities again to support those that have undergone training to implement what they have learned and to assist in classroom Journey processes. In 2007 over 1000 adults were trained and more than 16,000 children received processes. A study in 2007 completed with 4700 children showed that the number of students that passed increased from 52% to 78%.

In 2008 over 53,000 children participated in the program, and now hundreds of communities and over 500 schools in rural communities benefit from the The Health Care Train and Journey Outreach program.

Informative data about improvements in academics, referrals, attendance, and social-emotional wellness.

Junior Journey Program

The Junior Journey Program was created in Australia specifically to provide Journey workshops to teenagers so they can work with and support each other. It has recently grown to also be offered in the United States and Canada. The program has been extremely successful in attracting young people and empowering them to help themselves and others through the challenges and pressures of school and early adulthood. It has helped many youth to claim back their lives, recover from suicidal tendencies, and feel healthy and whole again.


Department of Correctional Services – Westville-Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal

This project was initiated in 2006 to provide Journeywork to female inmates at Westville Prison and has grown to include centers in Durban and KwaZulu Natal. The purpose of the program is to offer offenders a comprehensive rehabilitation program so they do not have further offenses and are equipped with the necessary self-empowerment tools to reintegrate into their families and society upon their release.

Since 2006 The Journey Outreach Rehabilitation Program has evolved into a well structured and monitored rehabilitation program in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services in every section of the facility. Over 500 inmates have participated in the program and over 800 individual and group Journey sessions have been provided, and the program continues to grow. As staff members and inmates have become more exposed each year to Journeywork with the expansion of the program, we have found more openness to the work. Several offenders who had participated in the program in previous years encouraged their peers to receive Journeywork. Members of staff are very supportive of our work. Their referrals assist the practitioners to spread the work more rapidly, and many of the staff have even participated in The Journey sessions themselves. The social workers and case supervisors use reports submitted by Journey Outreach twice a year to gain new insight and understanding of the offenders’ emotional well being and progress made over a period of time. The program has been endorsed by the members of staff in Care and Development, and is quality assured and monitored by the Directorate of Care and Developement, DCS-Durban Management. Volunteers for this program should be, or intend to become, Accredited Journey Practitioners.

Adopt an Offender Program — South Africa

In Fall 2010 DCS-Durban Management and Journey Outreach launched the Adopt an Offender Program. Individuals or businesses may adopt one offender or many at a cost of R1600 per offender. Our target is 100 new female offenders within a 10 month time frame. This will cover the cost of 3 one-on-one 2 hourly sessions, as many group sessions and all administrative costs including all follow-ups after the completion of the programme and telephonic support upon release. Due to the confidentiality agreement the anonymous offender will communicate with the donor/sponsor in writing of her progress via The Journey Practitioner. The donor/sponsor will be invited to meet with the respective offender(s) at the annual presentation day held in the Female Facility at the end of a 10 month period. The Journey Practitioner engaged with the donor/sponsor and the respective offender will be responsible for all the report back and follow through in conjunction with the Journey Outreach DCS project leader and head office. The donor/sponsor’s name, only when agreed upon, will appear on the Journey Outreach website. For more information please contact:

  • Heather Slabbert – +27 (0) 31-702 8104/ 082 9219197,
  • Make a Donation to the Adopt an Offender Program (Tax deductable status pending for South Africa):


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