“Anti-Bullying: Take a Stand – Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now!” was the theme for the anti-bullying campaign lunched at the HCT- Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW), which ran from February 26 to March 12, 2018.
The SJW counsellors joined forces with the SJW Social Work and Computer Information Science students, and the SJW Student Council Association, to raise awareness of bullying, and its impact on the students inside the college environment.
The campaign’s ultimate aim was to make Sharjah Women’s campus a bully-free environment!
To raise awareness against bullying, various activities took place on campus, including a silent student march where students held different quotes in Arabic and English to help stop bullying. Posters were disseminated around the campus and anti- bullying information was prominently displayed on the campus plasma screens.
Other activity highlights included a mobile campaign, which included questionnaires for the SJW community to complete. Booths were set up in the Student lounge, which included informative posters, videos, games, quizzes and storytelling, as well as giveaways and prizes.
In addition, students, faculty and staff participated in activities that raised awareness in the form of quizzes on cyber-bullying and they shared their quotes and ideas about forgiveness through a Tree of Forgiveness activity.
SJW student Sara Mashabich shared her thoughts about participating in the anti-bullying campaign: “I am happy that I became part of the anti-bullying campaign in HCT women’s college. They successfully made an amazing and fun campaign. The Kahoot game is smart idea to spread awareness in an interactive way. The anti-bullying silent march was really the highlight of the event. It showed students to stop bullying students in college.”
Another student, Muna Mahdi Abbas Ahmed Albloushi, a first-level Social Work student, said: “At first, I didn’t know what bullying means … but after I attended this campaign I know more, and I was more understanding. I explained to others what is bullying, and how and why it is hurting, and how we can eliminate it.”
“I became aware of the types of bullying. I did not always know that a joke can be a type of bullying, while others think that is something funny or they take it lightly. I hope to see more of this campaign to work and volunteer to, because I really got a lot of information and knowledge on how I can explain to others more about bullying issues,” Muna added.
Bookmarks and badges were given to students and staff to raise awareness on Anti-Bullying, and to encourage them to pledge to “Take a Stand –Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now!”.