An Exploration of Educators Experiences Working in Gang-violent Communities: An Empirical Study

By Karen Marion Dos Reis.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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While educators in South Africa have numerous pressures on them socially, emotionally and academically, those in gang-ridden communities, are not only burdened with ongoing changes in education but are also faced with a phenomenon that influences their work life on a daily basis. Crime and violence contaminates the school environment and jeopardizes the educational process because the environment influences the educator morale (Eliasov and Frank, 2000). The aim of this study is to examine the educators’ experiences in gang-ridden communities on the Cape Flats. A qualitative research approach was employed to gather information for the study. Educators from randomly sampled schools in the Cape Flats were interviewed to gather information about their experiences regarding their work in the gang-ridden environment. The results highlighted that educators’ workload are affected negatively as a result of gangsterism in the community.

Keywords: Gangsterism, School Environment, Gang-ridden Communities

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 10, pp.239-250. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.250MB).

Dr Karen Marion Dos Reis

Lecturer, Further Education and Training, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I am involved in teacher training at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I am currently lecturing Accounting and Accounting Didactics in my department. I recently obtain my Masters in Education at the above-mentioned university. My interest is how gangsterism affects school communities. Hence the fact that I was raised in a gang-ridden community. I am aware that gangsterism is an international problem and I am quite keen to find out how this phenomenon can be combatted. I do realise that Higher Education Institutions can play a key role in educating their students about gangsterism and how to deal with learners and parents involved in gangsterism effectively.


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