The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and LEAD SA have announced details of a major initiative to raise rape awareness and educate the 10, 2-million learners in South African schools.
The Minister said she has issued a directive to all provincial education departments to instruct schools across the country to call special assemblies at 8am on Friday, 01 March 2013.
“Following the singing of the National Anthem, we want principals, educators, learners or activists to address the assemblies for 15 minutes about rape and sexual crimes. The focus will be on education/awareness and more importantly what to do. We also want to appeal to our learners to report any form of abuse from anyone to the authorities,” said Minister Motshekga.
“The DBE will provide guidelines for the talks to the education departments as part of the directive,” she added.
In addition to these guidelines, NGOs are encouraged to assist with the mornings’ talks.
A pledge based on the Bill of Responsibilities, which includes a statement on violence and rape, will also be circulated and educators and learners are urged to adopt it at the assemblies.
• To uphold the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa
• To abide by the laws of the country
• To respect the rights of others irrespective of age, race, sex or sexual orientation
• Not to rape or commit any form of sexual harassment, abuse or violence
• To report any form of wrongdoing to authorities
• To honour the responsibilities that come with these rights and to be a good citizen.
Click here to read the full statement.