The day – to be celebrated on Friday, 21 March 2014 – was established in 2011 as a way for schools to take a stand together and promote the important work they are doing to stop bullying and violence.
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence provides schools the chance to examine their anti-bullying policies.
“There’s nothing more important than ensuring that young Australians get a great education. Central to this is ensuring that when students are at school they feel safe and secure and can focus on their studies,” Mr Pyne said.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan, encouraged schools to visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au to register for the 2014 event. “The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is a great way for schools to share ideas about how we can make school a safer place for all students as well as teachers, parents and families,” Senator Ryan said
In 2013, more than 644,000 students, in 1,485 schools, participated in the event. Schools that register for the 2014 National Day of Action will receive regular updates about the event, as well as information about activities they can run in their own school.
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is an initiative of the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group, which includes education representatives from the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and the Catholic and independent schooling sectors.
Schools can register to participate in the day by visiting www.bullyingnoway.gov.au.