The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has published a Teacher’s safety and security in south african schools handbook.
This handbook aims to provide a way forward for educators by serving as a user-friendly reference and giving every educator access to information on his/her rights and responsibilities regarding violence in schools; how to protect him/ herself in violent situations in the school environment; and most importantly, what action to take to decrease the risk of violence against every member of the school community, both near, or in, schools and classrooms.
DOWNLOAD THE SACE HANDBOOK HERE
According to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) , any person, who teaches, educates or trains other persons or who provides professional educational services is an educator. A teacher, on the other hand, is defined as a schoolbased educator whose core responsibility is that of classroom teaching at a school. In this handbook we have chosen to use “educator” throughout as it is the more inclusive term.
“As much as children should be provided with a safe learning environment,
educators also need to be provided with a safe work environment, so that
they can carry out their duties with confidence. ” – South African Human Rights Commission. (2008). South African Human Rights Commission Report of the Public Hearing on
It is SACE’s hope that this handbook will help educators create a safe school environment and deliver lessons without fear and intimidation for or from their learners. In this way, hopefully, the passion for the education profession and educator morale will be regained, and, as importantly, educators will be able to empower their learners to develop healthy psychological and social attitudes and behaviours which will, as a result, benefit the whole of South Africa.
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