Pupils pledge to end vi­o­lence

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - FREE STATE NEWS - THABO THULO prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

PUPILS from Ithabiseng Secondary School in Senekal have pledged to work hard and stop the es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence and gang­ster­ism on school premises.

The pledge was signed at the EE Monese Com­mu­nity Hall this week.

About 450 pupils signed the pledge, indi­cat­ing their com­mit­ment to work­ing hard and stop­ping vi­o­lence, bul­ly­ing and drug use.

The oath was led by com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment worker Nyakane Monkoe from Pre­mier Ace Magashule’s of­fice.

The pupils gath­ered un­der the theme, Enough is Enough With Vi­o­lence and Gang­ster­ism.

“To­day is about us say­ing no to bul­ly­ing, vi­o­lence, drug use, gang­ster­ism and try­ing to stop it from hap­pen­ing at not just our school and in our com­mu­nity but at ev­ery school.

“It is im­por­tant to stop it so peo­ple stop get­ting hurt,” pupil Tsoane Mokoena said.

“I think peer pres­sure has a neg­a­tive con­no­ta­tion but it can be a pos­i­tive thing if it goes to­wards a pos­i­tive out­come. This pledge in­di­cates that my life is to­tally changed.”

Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga said gang­ster­ism had a se­vere neg­a­tive im­pact on the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and schools needed to use all the tools at their dis­posal to ad­dress it.

Monkoe said he had or­gan­ised a big soccer tour­na­ment for next Wed­nes­day where the pupils would par­tic­i­pate as they pledged to end vi­o­lence.

He said the tro­phies and medals were well pre­pared for next week’s soccer tour­na­ment.

Teacher Oupa Makhathini, who also signed the pledge, said if pupils saw one an­other sign­ing the pledge, it would en­cour­age them to do the same.

“School is sup­posed to be a safe haven where young peo­ple can go to learn the ba­sics of math­e­mat­ics, lit­er­a­ture, sci­ence and other sub­jects, with­out fear­ing for their safety, feel­ing in­tim­i­dated or be­ing ha­rassed,” Monkoe said.

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COM­MIT­TED: Pupils sign a pledge to stop vi­o­lence.

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