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Victims of bullying urged to ‘take a stand’

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By Dominique Miltiadou

THE Office of the Child Commissioner is running a campaign to highlight the issue of violence in schools with a particular emphasis on bullying.

An event is being hosted at the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia on Saturday entitled ‘Take a Stand, Give your Hand’ from 11am until 1pm.

As a member of the Network Against Violence in School and in association with the Teen Advisors Group the intent is to raise awareness on this issue.

There will be a live radio broadcast of the event via CyBC and the attendees will have the opportunity to express their views and their reasons for supporting the cause.

The event will also feature two short films created by children on the subject of bullying. The films have been awarded and selected from the Competition of Short Films between Lyceums and Technical Schools which was hosted by the Commission in 2013.

Members from the Teen Advisors Group have already had a chance to participate in workshops and to voice their opinions to the Commissioner for the protection of the Rights of the Child and to the Minister of Education and Culture. Furthermore, they will also be participating in a television programme dedicated to the issue.

The media is being called on to take part in order to strengthen the efforts of the various participants in the fight against school violence. A positive response to the project is anticipated.

In January this year, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said the number of reported cases of bullying more than doubled between the school years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and was reaching “alarming proportions”.

He said that in the school year 2011-2012 there had been in total 913 reported incidents of bullying or violence across the educations system. This included primary, secondary and technical schools.

The following school year, the figure had reached 1,846.

The Anti-crime Council has now prepared the 2nd National Action Plan to prevent and fight criminality, containing 217 multi-faceted action points.

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