NPO helps spread anti-bullying awareness message

2018-02-13 06:00
A play on anti-bullying awareness by Dews of Quietness.

A play on anti-bullying awareness by Dews of Quietness.

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Dews of Quietness launched an anti-bullying campaign at Delta Primary School on Monday 5 February.

Founded in 2012, this non-profit organisation specialises in victim empowerment, the creation of a safe space for victims, driving awareness programmes, and working with perpetrators. Part of their work entails going to schools and empowering and educating learners on various issues.

This year the organisation is working on helping to put an end to bullying. Moriedah Dien, Founder of Dews for Quietness, says they do a PowerPoint presentation for learners and a play so that the learners can vividly remember the topic being addressed.

“We want learners to understand what we are doing and we believe that through a play, it can sink in easily. We have noticed that a lot of people don’t really know about bullying and anti-bullying, so we want to help them understand the issues and direct them,” she says.

Dien says their aim is to empower the learners so that they can change the negatives of bullying into positives. “We want to equip our learners. What we teach them they can apply in the classroom, on the playground and even at home. Bullying happens everywhere and we should talk more about anti-bullying. A lot happens at our schools and it’s a pity that bullying starts even at the foundation phase and most learners don’t know how to deal with it. We hope to go to a lot of schools in our area and educate learners and help them seek help. When we see that they are problems with a learner we call on social workers or counsellors to intervene,” she says.

Through this campaign, the organisation also aims to help learners help other learners who are being bullied. “There is so much we can do for one another. We are helping learners to be able to help others. We also want learners to deal with their issues, because what we have picked up is that this behaviour of bullying doesn’t start at school. For most it originates at home. Seeing Daddy beat Mommy, they think it is fine. Others don’t know how to deal with it, and taking it out on other children is their way of dealing with their own issues. We want our campaign to change the learners and how they relate to one another.”

V To arrange for the organisation to do a presentation at a school, call 078 4000 801.

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