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Anti-bullying subject in schools

Sheenal Sharma
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THERE should be a compulsory subject on anti-bullying introduced in schools throughout Fiji, says Paralympic gold medallist Iliesa Delana.

Speaking at the draw of a poster competition on anti-bullying and anti-social behaviour, Mr Delana said the best way to address bullying was to target the grassroots level.

The campaign is supported by the police and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The top five poster winners were awarded $100 and their work would appear on billboards from January 1, next year.

Mr Delana said bullying was not new in Fiji. He said short talks in schools on anti-bullying would allow children to share their experiences and deal with the problem.

Mr Delana said people with disabilities were also bullied.

"When I was in primary school, my classmates would tell me that I could not play with them," he said.

"They would say, 'you cannot play with us, you are amputated so go and sit on the bench'."

Mr Delana said campaigns such as the poster competition would help put a stop to bullying in schools.

"We are trying to talk to children at grassroot levels so that when they grow up they will be responsible."