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No Place for Fear!

By Youth Hub,

Children and adolescents worldwide grapple with school violence, including cyberbullying, impacting their health, well-being, and education. UNESCO Member States have designated the first Thursday of November as the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School.

This day calls upon a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including learners, parents, education communities, authorities, and tech industry representatives, to unite in preventing all forms of violence and fostering safe learning environments.

In 2023, the International Day against violence and bullying at school, set for November 2nd, will focus on the intricate link between school violence and mental health under the theme “No place for fear: Ending school violence for better mental health and learning.”

Growing global concern for learners’ mental health emphasizes the need for safe and supportive school environments. Evidence reveals the unfortunate presence of violence and bullying in schools, affecting everyone.

The strong link between mental health and school violence is alarming. Violence, bullying, and discrimination impact mental health and learning outcomes, while safety fosters improved mental health and education.

Taking decisive action to eliminate violence and promote mental health in schools is vital. This approach ensures secure, supportive spaces where education can truly flourish.

Last week, YouthHubAfrica, with the support from ActionAid, hosted the “Digital Generation Our Generation Event” in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child. The event featured a dynamic panel session that shed light on the profound impact of climate change on girls’ education. Esteemed panelists shared insightful ideas and strategies, empowering girls to become proactive change agents and active participants in climate mitigation actions.

In addition, we had an engaging debate with representatives from 8 schools in the FCT, discussing how the government can support programs that enhance digital skills and opportunities for girls.

We also had breakout sessions for both teachers and students, focusing on teaching strategies, lesson plans, and valuable resources for student learning. Teachers had the chance to connect, exchange ideas, and explore ways to integrate climate change into the curriculum.

The event further inspired and emboldened girls to unite and take collective action. They were encouraged to advocate for their rights and play a pivotal role in the protection and conservation of our environment.

In a significant event last week, the Harmful Practices Innovation Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya, with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) serving as the gracious host. This event aimed to foster innovation and collaboration in the battle against harmful practices affecting vulnerable populations. As an esteemed implementing partner, YouthHubAfrica made a notable presence at this summit, represented by our Program Manager, Segun Modupin.

Segun led engaging discussions and provided invaluable guidance in exploring innovative strategies to combat harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.

What’s more, we had the privilege of proudly showcasing our innovative FGM Virtual Reality (VR) video to the summit’s distinguished attendees. This powerful tool stands at the forefront of our mission to raise awareness and put an end to harmful practices. We firmly believe that the utilization of this technology will contribute to genuine change and, ultimately, the eradication of FGM.

Fear is a natural emotion that we all experience at various points in our lives. It can be a formidable barrier or a powerful motivator, depending on how we choose to confront it. Remember, every great achievement begins with a single step, often taken in the face of fear.

Mzukona

Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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