Schools and youth organisations who wish to register for Anti-Bullying Week (ABW) should do so before 5pm on Friday 3 November. Free resource packs linked to this year’s theme, 'All Equal, All Different, All Together' are available to schools who register at www.endbullying.org.uk.
Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and supported by Translink. NIABF is an interagency group hosted by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) NI and funded by the Department of Education. Almost 700 schools and youth organisations across Northern Ireland got involved in last year's initiative.
The resource pack includes presentations, activity and assembly plans, project briefs and ABW17 themed posters.
“We are encouraging teachers, youth workers, parents and carers to speak with children and young people about this year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme, 'All Equal, All Different, All Together'. The theme is designed to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and to promote acceptance of others through kindness both face to face and online,” said Rosanna Jack, Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, NIABF.
“All resources are designed to help stimulate conversation and debate, empowering children to know what bullying is, how to spot it and what to do should they or their friends experience bullying. Registration only takes a couple of minutes but could have a real impact on the lives and wellbeing of your young people.”
Michael Keenan, principal, St Anne’s Primary School, Dunmurry, Belfast, who were one of the winners of last year’s Anti-Bullying Week creative competition, explains why it is such an important week for the school:
“Anti-Bullying Week is a very important week in the school calendar for us. Corridors are awash with colourful posters. The classrooms, playgrounds and assembly halls buzz with children sharing anti-bullying messages through discussion, artwork, media work and presentations. The whole school community uses it as an opportunity to refocus minds on the important message that bullying of all kinds is wrong."
To register for Anti-Bullying Week 2017 go to www.endbullying.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 3 November 2017.