Safety in schools addressed in Trompsburg
“Every child has the right to education” this is according to the South African Constitution, but learners are not safe in their schools due to the increase gangsterism, bullying, alcohol and substance abuse at their places of learning and in their community environment.
Violent acts are understood as the “deliberate use of physical force, or power, threatened or actual results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death and physical harm” says the World Health Organisation (WBO). Safety and non-violence are critical requirements for the achievement of educational outcomes, hence the need for all learners to feel safe in schools.
The Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT), together with the Departments of Social Development, Correctional Services, Home Affairs, the South African Police Services (SAPS) and NGOs, took an initiative to hold a school safety campaign at Trompsburg High School on 22 May 2018 to address the learners about being safe in schools and elsewhere.
This campaign aims at ensuring safety and emphasises a Code of Conduct for learners. Me. Lorraine Moremi, Assistant Director in the Civilian Secretariat of the DPRT, gave a synopsis of the duties of the Department regarding the campaign. She further said “this campaign contributes to the eradication of poverty and economic well-being of society as education is the most powerful weapon to change the world”.
The event then ended with a loyalty pledge signed by all the learners where they take a solemn stand towards living a violent-free life.