At least one in 20 children in South Africa suffers from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – a disorder marked by symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Although mental health clinics exist in the public sector, children with ADHD often never reach this point of diagnosis and treatment due to a lack of awareness and knowledge in their communities. They are never screened for ADHD, and may be labelled as naughty, or “stupid”, or just silently fall out of the educational system and only come to our attention when absorbed in the criminal justice system. These children never have the opportunity to flourish.
The Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation is a registered NGO and PBO (2017/112190/08; 191-227NPO; PBO 930057313) which aims to remove mental health barriers to education. We visit underprivileged schools where we provide free screening for children in an effort to identify various mental health barriers to education – such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, visual- and hearing problems, and developmental problems. Together with volunteers (e.g. optometrists, audiologists, occupational therapists and educational psychologist), we are able to provide these services free of charge. However, we are completely dependent on fundraising initiatives and donors.
Vision: We strive to provide screening services for the early identification of children with ADHD, other mental health disorders and learning difficulties.
Mission: To ensure that all children with ADHD and other mental health barriers to education have the necessary mental health support to reach their full potential.