Following the death of a 12-year-old Ijaw student, Sylvester Oromoni Jr, after he was allegedly bullied, Edufort School has begun a campaign against bullying.
Pupils, teachers, and parents at Edufort School in Port Harcourt banded together to launch a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign in their schools.
Edufort School has also implemented procedures to recognize, report, and discourage children’s early bully tendencies.
Bullying, which is defined as any unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, had forced many to drop out of school and even in this unfortunate case, the death of a 12-year old child who had his whole life ahead of him.
Bullying and harassment are widespread issues in our schools, with at least 70% of students affected. These behaviours have been neglected, disregarded, or misunderstood for years as part of ‘normal’ growth. We now know, however, that these activities may have serious consequences for both offenders and victims. We must get together and work together to reverse this trend in our schools.
A statement from the school’s campaign read, “have you ever bullied someone before or are you a victim of being bullied? Well, bullying can be described as immoral and aggressive behaviour where it has an impact.
“On one person to another. This is caused by people assuming they are dominant, superior in age or position. Bullying is happening everywhere and the chances that you will encounter a bully are very high.
“How far can you run? How long can you die in silence? The threats are always unending.
“Around the world, bullying is big particularly within schools and online in cyberspace. Do nothing is Get Nothing, we can’t just fold our arms and criticize the act, we need to empower our children, make them comfortable in having those conversations with us, give them the voice and show them how to Stand up To Bullying.
“There’s Strength In Numbers, when we all Speak with One voice in the school community, at home and in Religious environments, only then can we curb this act. It’s our Corporate Social Responsibility. We Can Save A Life today if we all come together and create awareness.”