Learners decry abuse

2018-06-26 06:01
Learners from three different schools marched against the abuse of women and children.

Learners from three different schools marched against the abuse of women and children.

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Westerford High School in Newlands took a stand against the abuse of women and children on Friday 15 June.

The school educated learners about the topic and invited other schools to join them in their march to the Baxter Theatre.

They were joined by Rondebosch Boys’ High and Wynberg Boys’ High, giving a total of 300 male students making their voices heard.

They were supported by the Baxter as their action was inspired by the play #JustMen, staged at the theatre.

Learners carried placards with different messages pleading against violence.

Bruce Robinson, a teacher at Westerford High, says this was a whole school event but mostly aimed at equipping young men.

“The call was for male pupils to be part of this initiative as a starting point for a broader conversation that will take place in our school community. In response to the specific challenge posed by the #JustMen production, our male contingent wanted to make a statement and begin a dialogue that will challenge the norms that have developed in society as a whole and in our own community.”

Robinson says this was an initiative led by the learners. He says while the boys were out marching, the female learners attended a talk by representatives of Rape Crisis, an organisation in Observatory.

He says the school felt a need to recognise the scourge of abuse that is present in society.

“We wanted to make it clear that we wish to be part of a solution. We do not want to perpetuate abuse, nor do we want to make it someone else’s problem to solve. Early education is important in order to break the hold that unhealthy social norms have on us, often without our realisation.V Continued on page 2

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