Min­istry gets be­hind R.AGE’s anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By LIM MAY LEE fb.com/thes­tarRAGE

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is throw­ing its sup­port be­hind R.AGE’s #StandTo­gether cam­paign, an an­nual bul­ly­ing pre­ven­tion week in schools across the coun­try to pro­mote kind­ness in schools.

The cam­paign aims to mo­bilise vol­un­teers, par­tic­u­larly for­mer stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers, to in­de­pen­dently or­gan­ise bul­ly­ing pre­ven­tion events or ac­tiv­i­ties in their schools ev­ery first week of April, start­ing with April 2-6, 2018.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan tweeted his sup­port for the cam­paign, launched on Mon­day as part of a joint ini­tia­tive by Star Me­dia Group and prop­erty de­vel­oper SP Se­tia.

“Ex­cel­lent anti-bul­ly­ing cam­paign ini­tia­tive,” read Ka­malanathan’s tweet, which also said the min­istry will sup­port R.AGE in mak­ing this the “be­gin­ning of the end of bul­ly­ing” in Malaysian schools.

In a mes­sage to R.AGE later, Ka­malanathan said the min­istry views bul­ly­ing as a very se­ri­ous mat­ter, and has zero tol­er­ance for it.

He said an ini­tia­tive sim­i­lar to #StandTo­gether was launched in Hulu Se­lan­gor schools re­cently, but he is open to col­lab­o­rat­ing with any or­gan­i­sa­tions to fur­ther the cause.

Sec­ond Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon also re­leased a state­ment in sup­port of the cam­paign.

“The min­istry is more than happy to sup­port the #StandTo­gether ini­tia­tive, be­cause it means that schools na­tion­wide will be­come safe places for our fu­ture lead­ers,” read Chong’s state­ment.

R.AGE is de­vel­op­ing an on­line re­source cen­tre where vol­un­teers can down­load a week-long pro­gramme and or­gan­ise their own #StandTo­gether ac­tiv­i­ties in schools.

The cam­paign is tar­get­ing for­mer stu­dents, school so­ci­eties, col­lege and univer­sity groups, and par­ents to vol­un­teer.

For­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry di­rec­tor-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd No­ordin also called on the min­istry to join the #StandTo­gether ini­tia­tive.

“Bul­ly­ing is a so­ci­etal is­sue, and the sud­den surge of bul­ly­ing cases is a wor­ry­ing trend. Ev­ery­one has a role to play,” said Dr Wan Mohd Zahid, who is chair­man of SP Se­tia and Se­tia Foun­da­tion.

“How­ever, we hope they par­tic­i­pate be­cause they care about the stu­dents, and not just out of bu­reau­cratic duty.” The na­tion­wide # StandTo­gether kind­ness week will take place on April 2- 6, 2018. To find out how you can sup­port the cam­paign and help end bul­ly­ing in schools, go to fb.com/ StandTo­geth­erMY or con­tact R. AGE via Face­book Mes­sen­ger (@ thes­tarRAGE).

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