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Local Schools and Youth Groups 'respect' Anti-bullying Week

Local Schools and Youth Groups 'respect' Anti-bullying Week

Local Schools and Youth Groups 'respect' Anti-bullying Week
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Written by Mums NI on Friday, 09 November 2018 Posted in: News

RESPECT is at the heart of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week – w/c 12 November 2018

Schools and youth groups across Northern Ireland are getting ready to take part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which kicks off on Monday 12 November 2018.

Under this year’s theme of ‘RESPECT, schools and youth organisations will be encouraging children and young people to think about what respect means to them, what it feels like to be respected and how they show respect to others. 

Anti-Bullying Week has become an integral part of the school calendar with more than 600 schools, youth groups and organisations getting involved this year.

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and supported by Translink.  NIABF is an interagency group hosted by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) NI and funded by the Department of Education.

This year’s initiative will be launched at Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office (Mon 12 Nov, 10.30am-12.30pm) and will include a special awards ceremony to celebrate the recent anti-bullying creative arts competition. The competition provides a platform for children and young people to champion anti-bullying messaging and convey their views on how bullying should be tackled.

Local Schools and Youth Groups 'respect' Anti-bullying Week

Colin explains how the poem may help others: "I hope the poem sparks a reaction in the reader or the listener.  I'm sure a lot of people will have been in, or perhaps are in, similar situations, either as the victim, the bystander, or the bully. The poem may even inspire people to tell their story.

"Although my poem is written about a school experience, I hope it helps raise awareness that bullying at any stage in life is wrong and that there is help available. The 'two for flinching' concept is something that was, and continues to be, prevalent amongst male pupils. As young men, we were expected to be strong and to not show any weakness. These are old-fashioned ideas that need to be removed." 

The poem is just one of a series of events that is scheduled for the week including a special screening on Friday 16 November of ‘Time to Stand’, a short film that Cinemagic recently developed with support from the Urban Villages Initiative**, which is a key action of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy.

The Time to Stand film has been informed by members of the Executive’s Racial Equality Subgroup and aims to help young people tackle racism and bullying. The film will be used by schools and youth projects across the Urban Village areas and will be made available on a regional basis.  

Explaining the importance of Anti-Bullying Week, Lee Kane, Regional Coordinator, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF), discusses:

“Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum provides a free resource pack to registered schools and youth organisations across Northern Ireland, which includes presentations and workshop plans, as well as themed posters. These resources help students to explore the nature and complexities of bullying behaviours. They are designed to help stimulate conversation and debate, empowering children to know what bullying is; how to spot it and what to do should they or their friends experience bullying.”

Mr Kane continues: "As a visual representation of individual support for anti-bullying throughout ABW18, we are calling on everyone to ‘Wear Yellow 4 Respect’. It could be a yellow hat, yellow socks or a yellow tie. Perhaps a pair of yellow trousers, a yellow jumper or yellow shoes. Even yellow shoe laces - everything counts!

"Once you have dressed yellow, we are asking you to take a photo of yourself, holding up an ABW18 ‘RESPECT Board, which can be downloaded from the NIABF website: www.endbullying.org.k. Then share your photo on social media, using the #WearYellow4RESPECT and #ABW18. If you are sharing on Twitter you can tag us @niabf."

Translink has actively supported Anti-Bullying Week for the last 10 years by delivering key messages around the theme of respect in stations, on buses and on trains, as John Thompson, Translink Health and Safety Manager, explains: 

“With record numbers of people in Northern Ireland using public transport we want to ensure everyone enjoys safe and secure journeys always respecting fellow passengers and Translink staff.

“As part of our Translink SPIRIT, we always consider the interests of society, putting safety first in everything we do. We transport around 55,000 young people to and from school every day and recognise the positive impact of the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum in supporting pupil development so that respect becomes second nature, ultimately building a more inclusive, welcoming and thriving society.

“Anti-Bullying Week continues to grow every year with more young people getting involved and we’re looking forward to making our contribution by raising awareness about this serious issue, protecting the health and wellbeing of young people, our employees and the wider public right across Northern Ireland.”

Lagan College, Belfast, is taking part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week campaign. The school’s Principal, Amanda McNamee, explains why it is such an important week for the school:

“As one of the first integrated schools here, we pride ourselves on our student centered approach, committed to working in partnership to ensure that Lagan College continues to be a happy, caring and inclusive learning community. Fostering a sense of respect in our pupils, both a respect for themselves and respect for others, is a key priority for Lagan College, helping to build a strong anti-bullying culture across the whole school community.

“Anti-Bullying Week gives staff, parents, students, friends and directors the opportunity to reinforce the anti-bullying messages across the school. During the week we use the NIABF resources to highlight what bullying is and how we can deal with it, not only in school but at home, online and in our community.”

To find out more about Anti-Bullying Week log on to www.endbullying.org.uk

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