The University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa, has launched a programme tagged ‘Flourish First: A Week of PERMA-nent Growth meant at enhancing the wellbeing of students, and realising their potential as scholars and individuals.
According to Helen Swingler, the transformation programme, led by Sean Abrahams, a PhD student of Residence Life Division in the Department of Student Affairs, is designed to unlock students’ full potential within the unique context of university life.
Abrahams explained that, “Flourish First; a self-paced programme, will run from July 24 to 31, 2023 where participating students will receive well- researched, evidence-based and inspiring input to guide them on their flourishing journey.”
“By prioritising their wellbeing, students can align their university experience with the principles of flourishing and create a vibrant fulfilling academic journey,” Abrahams added.
He explained that the six essential elements of the PERMA model of positivity, engagement, relationships, meanings, accomplishment – and health are explored by “Flourish First.”
“This empowers students to discover practical ways to integrate these elements into their academic pursuits, student relationships and personal fulfilment,” said Abrahams.
“Flourish First” entails that participants are tutored to thrive as they face challenges and opportunities that come up during their academic life.
Abrahams disclosed further that the week long programme allows students to increase positive emotion, achieve engagement through ‘flow’ experience, foster meaningful relationships, find purpose, and pursue accomplishments.
“The programme emphasises that different individuals devise wellbeing from these elements to varying degrees, allowing participating students to align their journey with their values and interests,” he said.
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