Supporting your child

Supporting the academic and social development of your child is imperative for success here at AFDA, even if this happens from a distance or on the side line. We greatly rely on relationships built with parents and other educators that directly or indirectly influence the wellness and success of our learners.

Parents might find the following tips useful in supporting youthfuls as they find their way around this new study and living environment:

  1. Respect your child’s new boundaries and new found interests
  2. Send encouraging messages or praise to your child, especially around class attendance, good results received or disappointment with poor results
  3. Remind your child that AFDA offers academic support services free of charge
  4. Offer assistance and advice but allow your child to find and act on the solution
  5. Stay informed about AFDA and your child’s progress – ask relevant questions about recent assessments, their friends and their travelling in and around Cape Town.
  6. Learn their lingo!
  7. Gain a better understanding of prevailing generational gaps and differences will assist parents to improve their cross generational interaction and communication with the learner affected. If your child was born during 1977 and 1994 they will be referred to as Generation Y, Echo Boomers or Millenniums. Children born during 1995 and 2012 are referred to as Generation Z.


Should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the International Student Affairs please Nadia Chalkley / NadiaC@afda.co.za / +27 021 448 7600.

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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