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February 25, 2014
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Islanders celebrate Pink Shirt Day
Education and Early Childhood Development
Islanders are encouraged to wear pink on February 26 to take a stand against bullying, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.
“There is no excuse for bullying and we all need to work together to promote fairness and respect in our schools, workplaces and communities,” said Minister McIsaac. “Students and school staff are to be commended for taking an active role in raising awareness of bullying and how it affects the lives of people of all ages.”
Pink Shirt Day is recognized nationally on February 26. The initiative was created by students in Nova Scotia after a bullying incident at a high school. It has become a symbol of intolerance for bullying.
“Through the SHAPES student health behaviour survey, we know that 26 per cent of students reported being bullied, so this is a serious concern for our department,” said Minister McIsaac. “In addition to school board policies and school health programs, our curriculum helps students develop behaviours that contribute to their own well-being, and the well-being of others.”
Through the provincial School Health Grant program, the Department funds school initiatives that help to address bullying. Individual schools also offer various programs to support bullying awareness. For example, the Climate Crew at Three Oaks Senior High promotes positive bullying prevention messages throughout the school year in order to create a more inclusive and respectful environment.
To learn more about bullying prevention at Three Oaks Senior High, watch youtube video.
For more information on Pink Shirt Day visit www.pinkshirtday.ca.