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DBE launches nationwide anti-bullying drive

NYAKALLO TEFU| 

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is embarking on a nationwide anti-bullying intervention drive in schools.

The drive is being launched as bullying in schools has been an issue across the country.

Inside Education reported Lufuno Mavhunga, a learner from Mbilwi Secondary School in Limpopo,  took her own life following a bullying incident. 

A video went viral showing another learner at the school slapping Lufuno across the face several times. 

The girl then took pills and left a letter where she said she could not stand the embarrassment. 

DBE Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the department is pleased to partner with sister departments, social partners and key stakeholders for this anti-bullying intervention initiative in an effort to curb bullying often involving learners, teachers and sometimes community members.

Mhlanga said thousands of people called on the national department to take action against bullying at schools especially with the increased spotlight as a result of the proliferation of social media.

Mhlanga said the campaign is set to begin 28 May under the theme ‘School Safety – Violence and Bullying Prevention Initiatives’.

He said the initiative aims to mobilise learners, parents, teachers and key stakeholders in promoting a safe learning environment for quality education and galvanise constructive community involvement in schools to curb incidents of bullying and violence.

Adding that two-hundred and fifty learners and their parents from neighbouring schools benefit from the programme, while School Management Teams (SMT)of schools within the vicinity will form part of the programme. 

The DBE has partnered with sister departments, social partners and key stakeholders for the anti-bullying intervention initiative. 

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