Violence, bullying impacts academic performance

10 Jul 2015 11:40am
REHOBOTH, 10 JULY (NAMPA) – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture (MEAC), Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says high incidents of violence and bullying in schools may also play a big role in low academic performance.
The minister said this at the launch of the National Anti-Bullying Campaign (NAC) in Rehoboth at the Rehoboth High School on Thursday.
The NAC is a joint effort by the MEAC, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), with the aim to harmonize efforts and raise awareness in the prevention and management of violence in Namibian schools.
Hanse-Himarwa stressed that violence and bullying have a negative effect on academic performance.
“When learners have feelings of fear associated with the school, they are unable to fulfil their academic potential, because the school is where their minds should be nurtured to become future leaders of this great country.” she stressed.
According to the 2013 survey report of the Global School-Based Health (GSHS), 19.9 per cent of learners between the ages of 13 and 15, have seriously considered attempting suicide during the past 12 years of their life and 26.6 per cent actually attempted suicide one or more times during the past 12 months.
Hanse-Himarwa said the MEAC is positive that the NAC will improve the awareness of bullying and violence in schools, and that it will be a big step towards improving access to quality education.
“Bullying is destructive, it is killing our society, it is killing our friends, it is killing our families, and therefore bullying should be stopped “she said.
At the same event, UNICEF country representative Micaela Marques de Sousa, said her fund will offer their commitment and support the Government of Namibia to address bullying and violence in schools.
“We are very optimistic because we do know that there is commitment and there is a national call to end violence in Namibia, including violence in schools.“ she noted.