By Lizzy Carr, Bauchi
The Attah Sisters Helping Hand (ASHH) Foundation has commenced a six-month training of volunteers on school bullying and victimization of children.
The training is taking place at the ASHH Foundation Institute for Bullying and Peacebuilding in Bauchi.
Speaking at the inauguration of the second batch of volunteers, the Executive Director of the ASHH Foundation, Comfort Attah, said the programme aims to reduce school violence and victimization of children.
It is also to raise awareness of the negative effects of bullying, increase empathy toward victims, promote strategies to support the victim, and support children’s self-efficacy to use the strategies.
“Bullying has been with us for a long time, especially among schoolchildren.
Most times bullies don’t understand the effect of their actions, some think it’s fun but it has an effect on the victim”.
Attah said bullying needs to be nipped in the bud before it leads to violence.
“Children do drop out of school for fear of bullies while others keep to themselves, so the program will equip you to become trainers and help spread the message in schools and your communities”.
The institute is been supported by a couple from Colorado USA who are interested in bringing minimising bullying in schools.