DBE and stakeholders embark on nationwide anti-bullying intervention to Gqeberha

The DBE is embarking on a campaign to raise awareness on the impact of bullying and violence in our schools. The campaign will take place under the theme “School Safety – Violence, and Bullying Prevention Initiative,” and it is in response to an increase in incidents of bullying and violence in our schools across the country.

Deputy Ministers, Dr Reginah Mhaule and Ms Pinky Kekana were joined by multiple stakeholders of The Prevention of Violence in Schools Campaign from the Eastern Cape Province during an activation at the St Thomas Secondary School in Gqeberha on 10 March 2023.

Government Departments, Local Municipalities and School Communities have joined forces and collaborated in an effort to continue to tackle the ongoing challenge of violence in schools by hosting the Interdepartmental Campaign on the prevention of violence in schools. At its heart, this multi-sectoral, inter-departmental intervention has continued to raise awareness on the ongoing and equally distressing impact of bullying and violence that continue to plague the nation and all its communities at large.

March 2023 saw a variety of precursor events including the training on the Protocol on Management of Sexual Abuse & Training Workshop, 3 GBV legislations, Anti-Gangsterism awareness with SAPS as well as mental health awareness for Matrics which have together served to empower schools and school communities to be able to promote safety and protection at all times. At the centre of these events is a drive to ensure that not only schools, but the surrounding communities take up the challenge to rid our schools of inappropriate, violent and harmful behaviour and practices.

The creation of safer school environments is essential for the well-being and academic success of learners. A safe and supportive school environment promotes inclusivity, diversity, mental health, whilst ensuring learner empowerment. It is the responsibility of teachers, staff, administrators and learners to work together to create and maintain safe schools conducive to learning and teaching where everyone can thrive.

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