Bullies violate human rights
Written by: Mbali Dhlamini
As the country gears up to celebrate Human Rights Day, many questions stream into my head about the lack of tolerance which still manages to make its way into our daily lives.
In today’s society, a new wave of human rights violations is being seen across the country, especially in schools. You are very lucky if you do not see a report of racial abuse or bullying turning its ugly head in a school anywhere in the world.
The issue that we seem to ignore is that these situations normally don’t end well.
Unfortunately, we normally have ourselves to blame because we often ignore the clear signs that a serious problem is brewing. This for me has highlighted the need to emphasize the role of basic human rights within the normal schooling programme both for the learners and educators.
Just this week, I dealt with a story where a primary school pupil was forced to drink urine at Danie Theron Primary school near Kibler Park. This was done during a time when the learners were meant to be under the supervision of a school teacher.
The pupil’s parents told me that this was not the first time their child fell victim to bullying at the school. The parents felt that the schooling system has failed them and that more could have been done to help their child and the bullies to curb their unruly behaviour.
The other big issue within the country’s schooling system, which has raised questions about the understanding of basic human rights, is the lack of a clear plan for the school feeding scheme programme.
A report of food poisoning in a system which is meant to aid needy learners is just unacceptable.
Why are tenderpreneurs being allowed to sink their claws into every little aspect of the country’s potential growth?
We cannot as parents and tax payers sit back and allow our children to go and pick up unknown sicknesses from food because the government is not being strict on these suppliers.
As many as 9 million children are benefiting from the scheme which means that the number of children at risk of falling victim to this feeding scheme chaos is an alarming one.
I took an in-depth look into this issue
Human Rights are an issue that all of us need to take seriously while continuing to be mindful that on a daily basis, within our daily activities, we have the opportunity to play the role of ‘the protector’ of human rights.