The DBE has published a post questioning whether parents and caregivers have engaged children on gender issues, ahead of the start of the new academic year.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) took to Twitter on Monday, 8 February 2021, to prepare for the new academic year, which is set to begin in a week’s time. Currently, teaching staff and administration staff are back at work, with scholars set to start attending school from Monday, 15 February 2021.
The post questioned whether parents and primary caregivers have had a conversation with children on gender issues, particularly gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF). The move is an effort to advance the DBE’s campaign around GBVF, which is being promoted under the theme, “Ending Gender-Based Violence Starts With Me: I Prevent Gender Violence, I Report Gender Violence.”
Caregivers and parents have been tasked with speaking on the matter on four levels; psychological, physical, sexual and verbal abuse. The matter is currently one of the focuses of the government, in light of the establishment of the GBVF Response Fund 1 and the push to have a GBVF council and education promoted in schools.
See the post below.
Lotjhani. With the majority of learners going back to school next Monday, have you, as a parent/caregiver, had a discussion with your children regarding gender issues, including gender-based violence? #EndGBV@ElijahMhlanga @ReginahMhaule pic.twitter.com/c24qkcct1X
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) February 8, 2021