The JAG foundation yesterday hit up 13 Cape Flats schools in just four hours to spread their message on Anti-Bullying Day yesterday.
Learners at Rosewood Primary School in Bonteheuwel were surprised to see Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer roll up on a larney Harley Davidson motorbike, nogal.
Although it was cold and rainy, Schafer really upped the coolness factor when she roared in on the jet-black Harley, waving at the excited kids.
The JAG Foundation yesterday embarked on its fifth campaign for National Bullying Awareness Day, visiting 13 Primary Schools to empower 6 500 children in the Bonteheuwel, Kalksteen, and Charlesville communities.
JAG says their aim is to raise awareness for both bullies and victims, to “amplify the cries for help from children in schools”, and to inspire and empower kids to become their own JAGBullyProof superheroes, built on the theme: “When I choose to embrace my inner superhero”.
Dressed in superhero costumes, the JAGBullyProof ambassadors took to the stage and taught kids three steps to help them stand up for themselves.
Alex Corin said: “You have to acknowledge you are being bullied. Don’t react in a negative way, rather walk away from the situation, and lastly inform someone about what is happening to you.”
Parents were warned that cyber bullying was on the increase, and were urged to be vigilant and regularly check their kids’ cellphones, tablets and computers.
MEC Schafer, who is a parent herself, addressed the 300 pupils of Rosewood Primary, encouraging them to report incidents of bullying to teachers and their parents.
“This anti-bullying day provides another opportunity to make the point that bullying has no place in our schools. It is simply unacceptable and no child or young person should have to put up with it.”
One of the ways in which the department hopes to remedy bullying is with food gardens, to help learners build relationships, and “bully benches”, where bullies can take a time out and ponder what they are doing.