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Eureka High School launches anti-bullying campaign

The school has taken action against bullying by running an anti-bullying campaign.

Eureka High School held an anti-bullying campaign on March 7.

This campaign dealt with the many issues around bullying, substance abuse and gender-based violence (GBV) in the lives of those who learn and teach at the school.

Mrs Africa Universe 2023 finalist Carol Majola delivered her speech and motivated the learners to fight bullying at the school.

“People act out because of toxic situations or abusive relationships at home. They might feel the only way to protect themselves is to be aggressive or withdrawn.

“That is how bullies and their victims are born, purely by circumstance and no fault of their own,” she stated.

She asked the learners and teachers to take stock of their actions before saying an unkind word to someone.

“You need to look at yourself and ask yourself if it is worth being toxic to someone just because you were hurt.”

She also emphasised the need for change.

“People who have been hurt tend to hurt other people. It is high time we turn to healing instead of inflicting more pain,” she said.

She added that she speaks from a place of experience as a woman, a mother and a human being and that sometimes the biggest bullies are those we trust to help us.

“Life has taught me that when you deal with those ‘demons’, you start to heal. I hope for the day when we can be open with each other and honest with ourselves,” she confirmed.

She also touched on the need for elders and children to be more open and honest with each other to establish healthier relationships.

“This is the gap I believe we need to bridge between ourselves, the one where the child and the elder are in constant and healthier communication,” stated Majola.

A speech by Thandolwami Ndlovu tackled substance abuse and how it affects people’s lives. He also touched on how substance abuse contributes to GBV and bullying.

“Anyone who loves themself will not subject themselves to the cruelty of substance abuse,” emphasised Ndlovu.

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Olwethu Ndlovu followed and spoke about bullying and GBV. He said perpetrators could be anyone, such as friends, family members and even strangers.

“We must create safe spaces for victims without fear, judgement or discrimination. We need to hold the perpetrators accountable for the havoc they wreak in people’s lives,” said an adamant Olwethu.

The mood of the learners took a sombre turn when members of the Columbia Academy of Leadership sang a song and recited a poem to commemorate a learner who took her own life because of bullying the week before.

“Most times, we are unaware that the words you say to people are harsh and damaging. It’s a wound that never heals,” said Majola.

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