Union Launches Campaign To Tackle Violence In Schools

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The South African Democratic Teachers Union has launched a non-violence campaign in schools. The #IAmASchoolFan campaign is looking to tackle problems such as bullying, teacher on teacher violence as well as violence perpetrated by community members is schools 

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In an effort to combat the issue of violence in schools, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) has launched the #IAmASchoolFan campaign. 

The campaign aims to mobilise all stakeholders including parents, teachers, learners, and government departments to address school-related violence in all its forms including bullying, teacher on teacher violence and violence committed by community members in schools.

SADTU's Xolani Fakude says that based on their observations, the situation in terms of violence in schools is actually far worse. 

The reports that we get from our members quite consistently indicate that bullying in schools remains one of the main problems. We still have got violence, school vandalism and we are saying that let us all be school fans.

He also adds that they've partnered with private sector organisations such as Old Mutual, Brand South Africa and UNICEF in order to gain more traction and drive awareness throughout the country.

The organisation is also calling on community members to do their part in protecting schools and take a no-tolerance stance against school vandalism.

The campaign was first launched on 22-23 February 2019 with a school safety summit convened by the Free State's provincial Department of Education.

This summit produced concrete resolutions, which resulted in the establishment of a provincial steering committee to monitor the implementation of the resolutions

SADTU has since been working to expand the campaign across the country in order to make schools safe havens, free from any form of violence against learners and teachers.

 

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