- Veldenvlei Primary School started using a bully box
- Pupils write and drop their anonymous complaints about bullies in the box
- Teachers say it's already bearing fruit
A school in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, has found a creative method to reduce incidents of bullying,
Briefly.co.za learned that Veldenvlei Primary School installed a "bully box," where pupils drop anonymous written complaints about bullies.
Teachers then collect the notes and conduct investigations with a view to addressing the issues.
Two teachers, Alida de Bruyn and Nicolene Oosthuizen, came across the idea on social media and decided to try it out.
Speaking to News24, de Bruyn said:
We thought there was a great need for children to express themselves. They don't always want to come forward to parents or teachers.
They were surprised when the method bore fruits almost immediately. De Bruyn added:
We thought it would take a while, but it worked fast. When we opened the box and saw letters on the first day, we were shocked.
The two teachers, who are also best friends, said this has helped pupils feel much safer while at school. They said the idea is easy to implement in other schools.
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