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Cool to be Me: Identity



This Grade 6 programme explores a crucial developmental challenge of this age group: Identity. Understanding and accepting one’s identity is essential for the healthy development of resilient self-esteem, self-worth and the fostering of mutual respect.

Experiential learning

Implementation is based on experiential learning – children learning while doing. The experiential learning cycle aims to instil in children the capacity to experience, reflect, generalise and then apply to their everyday lives what they learn.

 Themes of identity

Learners will get to consider and explore the following concepts – individually and in groups:

  • Who am I?
  • Why am I important?
  • Why is everyone else important?
  • How do I create my life?
  • My choices in my generation.

Easy to implement and curriculum compliant

  • COOL TO BE ME is a 12-hour programme.
  • Teachers are supported with an easy to follow, thoroughly resourced teacher’s manual.
  • A colourful, thought provoking journal encourages the children to integrate what has been learnt and reflect on their lives.
  • Each chapter includes a family section that creatively involves parents in their child’s journey.
  • The programme links directly with the aims of Life Skills as stated in the NCS and incorporates lessons for all study areas, Personal and Social Well-being in particular.
For more information:

To set up an appointment, receive more detailed information about the course content and costs, or to sign up for this programme at your school, please click here.

Our Programme

Read more about our programme here.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback to the COOL TO BE ME sessions at Springfield last night. It is a fabulous course and my daughter enjoyed it tremendously. Also from the response of the parents I think they felt the same way.” – Springfield parent
CTBM helped me so that if someone says you are ugly, don’t listen to him and in your mind say “I am beautiful and I know who I am.” - Grade 6 student
"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student
“I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading Bouncing Back and the Telling Truth stories to my kids this past week. We've been reading a few chapters each night before going to bed. My son is four and a half and my daughter six and a half and in Grade 1. They have both absolutely LOVED them! We have had very late bedtimes as they've insisted that I keep reading! Even though they are both so young (and I thought too young which is why I hadn't read them the stories until now), they were completely compelled and fascinated! At the end of the each book, they both without any initiation started discussing some of the themes. After the bouncing back story, they both started to talk about some of things they had learnt in the day. From the 'learn the lesson and move on' refrain, my daughter told me that she had learnt that she can tell her friend NO if she doesn't want to do something! What an important thing to learn!” – Nicole, Cape Town
“My daughter spoke of the programme so much and I know it has had a profound effect on her confidence and acceptance of others.” – Springfield parent

"I now have confidence to say stuff even if people laugh at me." - Grade 6 student

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student 

"CTBM is a great programme. It changed my life and helped me feel great about myself." - Grade 6 student
“I would just like to say thank you so much for all you have done for the grade 6 girls through COOL TO BE ME. They are so lucky to have had experienced such profound self-analysis and self-discovery at their age. I think that the work you are doing is so important and the core philosophy of resilient self-esteem is brilliant.” – Springfield parent
"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student
"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student

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