Queen Sylvia of Sweden poses with Rayneshia van Rooyen from Touwsranten Primary School.
Queen Sylvia of Sweden poses with Rayneshia van Rooyen from Touwsranten Primary School.

Sweden’s Queen Sylvia delighted residents of Touwsranten, a small town in the Western Cape, and staff of the Seven Passes Initiative earlier this month when she visited with board members of her World Childhood Foundation, which funds and supports Seven Passes.

The Seven Passes Initiative is a successful violence-prevention initiative that for 10 years has provided support and assistance to parents and children in the Touwsranten community. The organisation collaborates with the UCT Department of Psychology and the Institute for Security Studies to develop and assess their programming.

The parenting programmes used by the Seven Passes Initiative are those of Parenting for Lifelong Health developed collaboratively by UNICEF, the World Health Organization and several universities – including UCT – to be suitable for low-resource settings.

“I was delighted to meet Queen Silvia, and we hugely the value the work of the foundation, which is lovely…

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