Northern Territory Minister for Education Eva Lawler
Stand Up Against Bullying
Victor P Taffa
Students across the Territory have united to say, ‘no’ to bullying in support of today’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence in schools.
Education Minister, Eva Lawler, said more than 20,000 Territory students participated in the National Day of Action.
“This is all about encouraging students to join in a nationwide movement to take a stand together against bullying and violence in schools, classrooms and beyond.” Ms. Lawler said.
“We want to ensure Territory students are provided with safe, supportive and inclusive learning environments.”
“Our $124 Million investment into schools over 4 years will ensure great teachers in our class rooms, inspirational principals and quality learning environments, all which will assist in creating more inclusive school environments.”
“As part of that investment, funding will be directed toward the roll-out of a system-wide social and emotional learning curriculum, which includes a focus on respectful relationships, self-awareness and building resilience.” Ms. Lawler said.
“I want every Territory student to feel safe and welcome at school, in public places and on-line regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, cultural or religious background.”
“Territory schools maintain an on-going focus to prevent bullying, so saying no to bullying isn’t limited to just one day a year.” Ms. Lawler said.
In the lead up to the National Day of Action, Territory students participated in Bystanders Unite, a competition in which students created YouTube videos, songs or memes reflecting positive bystander behaviour.
Alyangula Area School, on Groote Eylandt, won the Territory competition and will have their work featured in the 2018 Territory National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence campaign.
“It’s fantastic to see Alyangula students working together to create a video with such a powerful message and I congratulate them for their effort.” Ms. Lawler said.