HULU SELANGOR: Datuk P. Kamalanathan has acted swiftly to push forward R.AGE’s #StandTogether campaign against school bullying, giving the R.AGE team exclusive access to a pilot programme here in his constituency.
The Potensikan Dirimu programme, initiated by the Deputy Education Minister and Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M), is aimed at helping promote values to combat bullying such as with kindness, empathy and cooperation.
Two schools were selected to attend the pilot programme – SMK Dato’ Haji Kamaruddin and SMK Ampang Pecah.
“As soon as I heard of R.AGE’s #StandTogether initiative, I thought this is fantastic because I’ve always wanted bullying prevention to be a nationwide initiative,” said Kamalanathan yesterday.
“We’re looking forward to working with R.AGE, just tell us what you’d like us to do. We’ll be more than pleased to sit down, discuss and chart the plans.”
He said he would personally look into R.AGE’s proposal to make an annual #StandTogether kindness week part of the school calendar.
For the pilot programme, students in the two schools attended talks on personal development and played team-building games designed to bolster their self-esteem and empathy for other students.
“I made a lot of new friends, especially from other races,” said Amera Nazihah, 13, from SMK Dato’ Haji Kamaruddin.
“Usually we stick to our friends, but because we were broken up and forced to mingle with other students, I learned how to make friends with everyone.”
Kamalanathan emphasised the importance of all stakeholders in combating bullying and thanked R.AGE for initiating #StandTogether.
“This is not a problem that’s only faced by the Education Ministry or parents alone, it’s a problem that we have to stand together to work out a solution for zero bullying in this country,” he said.
#StandTogether, a joint initiative by Star Media Group and SP Setia, was launched on Monday, and aims to mobilise communities to organise bullying prevention activity in schools every first week of April.
The first #StandTogether week will take place on April 2-6, 2018.
To find out how you can support the campaign and help end bullying in schools, go to fb.com/StandTogetherMY or contact R.AGE via Facebook Messenger (@thestarRAGE).