FREDERICTON (GNB) – Anti-Bullying Awareness Week will be observed in all schools in New Brunswick Sept. 24-28.

“Solving the problem of bullying requires everyone to work together,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. “This week offers the opportunity for students and staff to have an open dialogue about bullying in their schools and to work together to reduce and prevent bullying.”

Each school will plan its own anti-bullying activities for staff and students and with support from the school districts and the department. There are a variety of educational and awareness activities planned that are tailored to the needs of the students. The week also presents an opportunity for staff to plan bullying prevention and intervention strategies for the academic year.
 
“I encourage students and staff to get involved in the activities in their school and even propose new activities for their class or school to participate in during the awareness week,” said Carr. “Take the opportunity to learn more about what resources are available to you to help deal with bullying.”

The awareness week is part of a comprehensive set of initiatives the provincial government is undertaking to address bullying in schools, including the creation of two anti-bullying co-ordinator positions and implementing anti-bullying legislation which places greater emphasis on prevention, reporting, investigating and taking action when bullying occurs in schools.
 
“Our government supports anti-bullying initiatives at all levels of the school system by working with districts, schools, principals, educators, students, parents and communities on a multi-phased approach to create a positive, inclusive learning and working environment,” said Carr.