Schools must be a safe place for all

2015-06-09 06:00
John Buswell, managing director for Education Safety and Governance Association, talks to educators on the importance of making sure that their schools are safe.


PHOTO: 
Tiyese JERANJI

John Buswell, managing director for Education Safety and Governance Association, talks to educators on the importance of making sure that their schools are safe. PHOTO: Tiyese JERANJI

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pupils go to school to learn, but in doing so they must learn in a safe and conducive environment.

The Education Safety and Governance Association (ESGA) hosted a breakfast for schools to emphasise the importance of safety at schools at Southern Sun in New­lands on Friday last week.

The organisation admits that though it is difficult to manage safety at schools, teachers and those in charge of the pupils must prepare to protect their schools and make sure that pupils are safe at all times.

The aim of the launch was to let educators know that even though there are challenges in their schools, ESGA is there to help.

ESGA gives workshops on how to deal with different challenges a school might face – be it drugs, gangs or bullying.

Other than that they also focus on occupational health. This is where they train educators on the importance of hygiene around the school, safe buildings, and first aid.

John Buswell, ESGA’s managing director, said schools focus so much on the curriculum that they forget the importance of safety at school.

“Though the number one goal is that children must learn, they must do so in a safe environment. The workshops we offer equip educators to make sure the pupils are in a safe environment. We want to keep children safe. These are the things that they are not taught at college but they are very important, so we develop those areas for the safety of our kids,” he says.

It was highlighted that for schools to ignore health and safety issues is not an option.

Paul Londal, ESGA’s general manager, said schools must be a safe place for all. “Schools are easy targets for drug pushers. Safety in schools is a very complex issue but we must create a safe environment for everyone who goes there. We are here to help you put those safety measures in place. Safety measures mustn’t be neglected.

“It’s a broad issue involving swimming pools at the school, buildings as well as how to put those pupils in the bus when they are going for a trip. We want everyone to be safe and that’s why we are encouraging educators to take part in the works schools.”

ESGA are hosting an anti-bullying workshop at Groote Schuur High School in Newlands and they are inviting other schools to take part in the workshop.

.

Pupils go to school to learn but in doing so they must learn in a safe and conducive environment.

The Education Safety and Governance Association (ESGA) hosted a breakfast launch for schools to emphasize the importance of safety as schools at Southern Sun in Newlands on Friday.

The organization admitted that though it is difficult to manage safety at schools teachers and those in charge of the pupils must prepare to protect their schools and make sure that pupils are safe at all times.

The breakfast launch was to tell educators that though there are challenges in their schools there are there to help. They give workshops on how to deal with different challenges that the school might face be it drugs, gangs, bullying. Other than that they also focus on occupational health. This is where they train educators on the importance of hygiene around the school, safe building, and first aid amongst other things.

John Buswell ESGA Managing Director says schools focus more on the curriculum but forget on the importance of safety at school. “Though the number one goal is that children must learn they must do so in a safe environment. The workshops that we over equip educators to make sure that their kids are in a safe environment. We want to keep children safe. These are the things that they are not taught at college but they are very important so we develop those areas for the safety of our kids,” he says.

At the launch it was highlighted that for schools to ignore health and safety issues is not an option. Paul Londal ESGA General Manager schools must be a safe place for all. “Schools are easy targets for drug pushers. Safety in schools is very complex issue but we must create a safe environment for everyone who goes there. We are here to help you put those safety measures in place. Safety measures mustn’t be neglected. It’s a broad issue involving swimming pools at the school, buildings as well as how to put those pupils in the bus when they are going for a trip. We want everyone to be safe that’s why we are encouraging educators to take part in the works schools, says Londal.

Today are having an anti-bullying workshop at the Groote Schuur high school in Newlands and they are inviting school around to take part in the workshop as it will tackle a lot of things around bullying. Some of the things to be discussed will include the definition of bullying, identification of the 11 types of bullying, understanding the impact of bullying on pupils, symptoms of bullying behaviour, the pupils who is bullied, development of an anti-social bullying policy just to mention a few.

Attending the launch was Caradale Primary school principal Ezra Carelse who added that safety at schools is of paramount importance. “When parents send their children to school they place them in our care. So it is very important to make sure that whilst they are learning they do so in a safe Environment. That can’t be compromised and we are glad that there are people who are willing to help us make our schools safe. It’s a good thing and we will also take the ball and run with it to make sure that our pupils are safe at all times,” he says.

Pupils go to school to learn but in doing so they must learn in a safe and conducive environment.

The Education Safety and Governance Association (ESGA) hosted a breakfast launch for schools to emphasize the importance of safety as schools at Southern Sun in Newlands on Friday.

The organization admitted that though it is difficult to manage safety at schools teachers and those in charge of the pupils must prepare to protect their schools and make sure that pupils are safe at all times.

The breakfast launch was to tell educators that though there are challenges in their schools there are there to help. They give workshops on how to deal with different challenges that the school might face be it drugs, gangs, bullying. Other than that they also focus on occupational health. This is where they train educators on the importance of hygiene around the school, safe building, and first aid amongst other things.

John Buswell ESGA Managing Director says schools focus more on the curriculum but forget on the importance of safety at school. “Though the number one goal is that children must learn they must do so in a safe environment. The workshops that we over equip educators to make sure that their kids are in a safe environment. We want to keep children safe. These are the things that they are not taught at college but they are very important so we develop those areas for the safety of our kids,” he says.

At the launch it was highlighted that for schools to ignore health and safety issues is not an option. Paul Londal ESGA General Manager schools must be a safe place for all. “Schools are easy targets for drug pushers. Safety in schools is very complex issue but we must create a safe environment for everyone who goes there. We are here to help you put those safety measures in place. Safety measures mustn’t be neglected. It’s a broad issue involving swimming pools at the school, buildings as well as how to put those pupils in the bus when they are going for a trip. We want everyone to be safe that’s why we are encouraging educators to take part in the works schools, says Londal.

Today are having an anti-bullying workshop at the Groote Schuur high school in Newlands and they are inviting school around to take part in the workshop as it will tackle a lot of things around bullying. Some of the things to be discussed will include the definition of bullying, identification of the 11 types of bullying, understanding the impact of bullying on pupils, symptoms of bullying behaviour, the pupils who is bullied, development of an anti-social bullying policy just to mention a few.

Attending the launch was Caradale Primary school principal Ezra Carelse who added that safety at schools is of paramount importance. “When parents send their children to school they place them in our care. So it is very important to make sure that whilst they are learning they do so in a safe Environment. That can’t be compromised and we are glad that there are people who are willing to help us make our schools safe. It’s a good thing and we will also take the ball and run with it to make sure that our pupils are safe at all times,” he says

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.