A psychologist, Dr Alimi Ajala, has called on school proprietors and other stakeholders to implement interventions and proactive measures to prevent bullying among students in schools.
Ajala, a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, said this at an educational talk titled: “Stepping Stones To Success’’ for the pupils of LASU Staff School on Friday in Lagos.
Prof. Ayodeyi Badejo,Professor of Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Science,LASU and former chairman of the board of the school was in attendance.
The programme was organised by the undergraduate students of the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling Psychology during their practicum in the staff school and Hope Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation (NGO).
Ajala said that some of the interventions that should be implemented should include: intensive parent-teacher’s meetings, improved playground supervision, and school anti-bully policies.
“Other interventions must include: increased awareness on bullying through seminars and posters.”
He urged victims to speak up at the outset of any bullying experienced.
Ajala said that bullying had become the most common violence and aggression in schools and there was the need for proactive measures to stop the social misdemeanour.
“Whoever is being bullied in any school will not be happy to go to such a school, this might lead them to drop out or perform badly in their academics.
“Bullying is also an act of wickedness in social relationship which is not a good behaviour.
“If you are the person who bullies, ask a teacher to help you stop bullying. Apologise to the students you had bullied,’’ he said.
Also, Dr Adeola Aribike, the Head-Teacher of LASU Staff School, said that teaching students good moral values was very important in schools.
She said that any child found bullying his or her classmate in school should be reprimanded immediately.
“We started educational talk show and dictionary week recently because it helps the students to speak, write good English and have moral values.
“There is nothing a child will do without the reading and knowing dictionary. I tapped the idea of dictionary week from a school in the United States of America,’’ she said.
Similarly, Mrs Folayemisi Adu, the Chief Executive Officer, Hope Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation (an NGO), said that bullying had become a prevalent problem in society, and needed schools and parents to be proactive on the issue.
Adu said that the educational talk show was to magnify some of the problems currently happening in our schools.
“We decided to partner LASU students who are doing their practicum in the staff school because of how they are educating the pupils with passion and knowledge.
“We want schools, especially the teachers, to be more involved with the children that could help identify victims of bullying,’’ she said.
Dr Isioma Olagunju, a lecturer at the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling Psychology, LASU, encouraged the pupils to always use their imaginations to write creatively in school.
Miss Yetunde Anifowoshe, a student from the Department of Philosophy, LASU, advised pupils to always imbibe good morals in their daily activities, saying honesty and good morals are the best policies.