International Conference on School Bullying
The French Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, in collaboration with UNESCO, hosted an virtually held International Conference on School Bullying on 5 November 2020. This virtual event marked the celebration of the first International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying. The theme of this first international day was "Together against bullying in school."
The Conference, which built on commitments made at the July 2019 meeting of Education ministers of the G7, under the French Presidency, sought to create a global momentum to end bullying in schools by raising awareness among all stakeholders, and mobilising governments, experts and the entire education community.
The conference consisted of series of live sessions, including interactive round tables with ministers, experts and representatives of the education community, as well as messages from high-level speakers, celebrities and personal testimonials.
We were proud to facilitate the participation of the Minister of Basic Education of South Africa, Mrs Angie Motshekga to this conference as a key panellist.
France and South Africa have been partnering on their fight against school bullying and cyberbullying for the past two years as part of the Bilateral Agreement on Education that was signed in 2019 in Pretoria.
South Africa, along with 19 countries, signed the Call for an ethical Internet that is more mindful of responsibilities towards children and young people, education and civic life supported by UNESCO.