School of Hard Knocks
Founded in South Africa in 2017, School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) is part of an international non-profit network operating in the UK, New Zealand and South Africa that uses rugby to connect traumatised young people to child friendly psycho-social support in order that they improve their well-being, perform better in school and exit school with a positive plan for the future.
SOHK currently delivers programmes to 200 13-18 year old youth from violent communities at five under resourced government schools in Cape Town. Our vision for 2021 is to grow our programme by an additional two schools with datasets showing that we have contributed to an increase in personal responsibility and wellbeing, and a significant decrease in referrals for poor behaviour with a majority of students having improved their behaviour in just three terms.
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