In response to the physical isolation imposed by COVID-19, Children’s Centre introduced an online teen reading club using the whatsapp platform. The group meets every Saturday evening 6-7 p.m. to discuss a story from Tekena Ikoko’s book, I Wish I Knew This before I Was Fourteen. Using a series of illustrative tales, the book aims at helping teenagers develop skills in self awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social competence. Stories so far have centered on issues of child sexual abuse, bullying, stigmatization, parental and peer relationships and overcoming rejection. The forum enables free sharing of views among teens, with adult members chipping in as well, in a lively exchange, always exceeding the time. Membership is open to all.
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