(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Doha: In Anti-Bullying Week, Qatar Foundation schools have staged a series of activities involving both teachers and students to help raise awareness of the most effective ways to combat different forms of bullying.
The activities are designed to teach students the right ways to respond to a bully, and to highlight how silently observing bullying contributes to its escalation and the victimization of its target.
At Awsaj Academy, a school under Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Pre-University Education that specialises in addressing the needs of students with learning difficulties, teaching social skills is an integral part of the learning experience. Each year, for Anti-Bullying Week, the school holds activities designed to teach students how they should respond to intimidating behavior, and to emphasize the importance of empathy and friendliness between students.
‘The issue of school bullying is one that we need to address and stand against through conscious and effective approaches, particularly because it significantly affects the mental health of children and young people, said Counselor at Awsaj Academy, Sally Chalouhy.
‘This year, cyberbullying was at the center of our activities during Anti-Bullying Week, due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote learning. These included sending out a detailed presentation about online safety to our teachers in order for them to discuss it with students.
‘Our Bully Blockers a group of students from different grades formed five years ago have shown proactivity and enthusiasm through shooting videos that raise awareness of bullying and how students can defend themselves and others when they are faced with such situations, as well as how they can fight passivity and speak up when they witness an act of bullying. We also asked the students, together with their parents, to design their own T-shirt with a statement that reflects an anti-bullying slogan, and wear it to school on a certain day.
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