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The Southern African School Mediation Initiative

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CONTACT PERSON:
Anthony SMITH

POSITION IN COMPANY:
Managing Director

EXPERTISE:

The Southern African School Mediation Initiative (SASMI) is a proactive stop the violence empowerment program. The aim is to give all students, teachers and agencies the help to transform their schools into safer, more caring, and more effective learning environments by using a peer-to-peer conflict management process as a first response to addressing bullying, intimidation, harassment and GBV in schools.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Highly-publicized tragedies have intensified educators focus on bullying, GBV and otherforms of violence are taking place daily in schools. Minister Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Department, South Africa, in December of 2015 reported that, there were over 1 million reported incidents of violence against pupils in South African schools. The National School Violence Study Report, by the Center for Justice and Crime Prevention, the South African Council of Educators report, along with many other established institutional research investigations all independently came to similar conclusions, i.e. school violence and bullying is rampant, and too many children avoid attending school because they are afraid, while many others attend school in fear.

There are good reasons for concern. For one, a large number of students report that they have either been bullied or have been involved in bullying other students. Secondly, research has demonstrated that bullying can have a far-reaching impact upon students emotional well being and academic performance. In addition, advances in technology have increased the methods, the incidences, and the impact of bullying behavior. Many factors make bullying a challenging issue to address. Most incidences of bullying behavior are quick and have a duration of less than one minute. And while we take note of the over 1 million reported incidences we underestimate the frequency of bullying in schools throughout the South African school system. A lot of unnoticed bullying, intimidation and harassment takes place off school property while coming and going from school.

Additionally,most bullying takes place out of ear and eye shot of educators. Equally note-worthy is, most young people do not report bullying to their teachers or other adults; in part because they believe that they will not be able to help.

One unique challenge of preventing bullying in schools is that it requires coordinated efforts of all adults in a school: administrators, teachers, parents and School Governing Board (SGB). Young people must receive consistent and believable messages that adults will intervene to prevent bullying and trust that these interventions will be swift and effective-to ensure that students will come forward to report incidences of violence and unwanted behaviour.

The Southern African School Mediation Initiative strives to enable students, teachers and administrators to implement a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention tailored to their unique needs.

Our vision is to help create and sustain a school culture in which bullying is not tolerated and where students and adults feel safe, supported, to perform to the best of their abilities while promoting respect, tolerance, and empathy.

Aims and Activities

The Southern African School Mediation Initiative is a non-governmental organization in partnership with Rotary Club of Parktown our aim is to:

Design: Conflict management and violence reduction training and a program support to students, teachers, administrators and school governing boards.

Train and Develop: A cadre of professionals able to respond, address and support students and teachers in and during school traumatic eventualities.

Assertively Act and Promote: The development and implementation of comprehensive, effective and sustainable conflict management programs in primary and secondary schools, in-order to reduce high incident rates of violence, bullying, GBV, intimidation and harassment.

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Norwood
Johannesburg
Gauteng Province
South Africa

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO Box 46351 Orange Grove 2192 South Africa

TEL:
00 27 (0)82 093 2321

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CELL/MOBILE:
00 27 (0)82 093 2321

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worldview84@yahoo.com

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