School Safety

 

As Northern Cape Department of Education (NCDoE), we condemn the recent spate of increasing violence in all our schools. The overall aim of the National School Safety Framework (NSSF) is to create a safe, violence-free, supportive learning environment for learners, educators, principals, school governing bodies and administration.

 

We must prevent and immediately end violence in all our schools. The partnership between the Northern Cape Department of Education and the South African Police Service is yielding positive results to promote safer schools and prevent the involvement of young people in crime. This is done through the SAPS Crime Prevention Component (Division: Visible Policing) and the Directorate: Learner Social Support Programmes (Sub-Directorate: School Safety).

 

During 2017, we achieved the following

 

Functional Safe School Committees are in place at 557 schools

Functional reporting systems on school-base crime and violence

Implemented context-specific crime prevention programmes in 557 schools

Mobilised school communities to curb crime and violence in school-specific programmes aimed at drug peddling, gangsterism, and bullying.

 

In 2018, we will focus on the following

 

Re-establishing and providing training to school safety committees in 593 schools which includes public, private and independent schools in line with the term of office for the newly elected SGB

Launching a junior commissioner project with the sole aim of preventing learners from indulging in criminal activities and providing a safety net;

 

The Department has identified the hot spot schools in the Province, where we will have targeted programmes focusing on drug and substance abuse, bullying and gangsterism. The Department will also provide a defined service to escalate the identified hot spots schools to a safe and drug-free school environment.

Our school safety programme, which relate to road safety, are further enhanced through the School Safety Collaborative Protocol with the Department of Transport, safety and Liaison.

 

The National School Safety Framework

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is committed to preventing, managing and responding to safety incidents and in so doing, creating a safe and supportive learning environment in all schools. The National School Safety Framework (NSSF) was, therefore, developed in order to provide an all-inclusive strategy to guide the national department as well as the provincial education departments in a coordinated effort to address the violence occurring within schools.

National School Safety Framework

 

Cyber bullying

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Cyber bullies use voice messages, e-mail, text messages, photo images, videos, websites or personal web pages to repeatedly harass, intimidate or embarrass another person or group of people.

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