South Australia’s Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative could be scrapped as early as this year, with the Marshall Government seeking advice to prematurely end a contract with the program’s facilitator.
南澳州教育部长约翰 · 加德纳告诉本报记者，他希望目前由SHINE SA执行的“安全学校项目”能在今年下半年被取缔。
Education Minister John Gardner told InDaily he was hopeful the Safe Schools program – currently delivered by SHINE SA – would be replaced by the second half of this year.
教育部目前与SHINE SA有为期三年的合同，合同期间，SHINE SA为南澳州的中学提供前南澳州工党政府的“安全学校反欺凌项目”。
The Education Department is currently bound to a three-year contract with SHINE SA to deliver the former government’s Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative in secondary schools.
But Gardner said the voluntary program didn’t carry the confidence of the entire community. He wants to replace it with the Government’s own “broad evidence-based” anti-bullying program, which is still in the process of being negotiated.
“The original agreement with SHINE SA was three years from 2017 to 2020,” Gardner said.
“I have asked the department to seek terms of advice to see what we can do to replace the program sooner than that.
“The department is working hard to ensure that the program that we develop will be working soon.”
The move follows a Liberal Party election promise to replace the Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative with a new anti-bullying program focused on online bullying prevention, to be rolled out in both primary and secondary schools.
来策划与执行。他说：“政府将全权负责发展新的反欺凌项目。新项目很可能由本州教育部来执行。…… 政府也可能会决定与其他机构合作。前工党政府为了继续该党推行的安全学校项目，而与SHINE SA
“This is a responsibility of the Government to develop the new program,” he said.
“The new program could be delivered by the Education Department… the Government could decide to engage with other organisations.
“SHINE SA were contracted by the previous government to develop their Safe Schools initiative… we are not going to be continuing with that program.”
The new program would still address issues faced by LGBTIQ people, but would have what Gardner describes as a “broader reach” than the current program.
“The sad thing is there are people that are in the LGBTI community who are bullied, there are people that are bullied because of race, because of look, because of health issues,” he said.
“All of these forms are completely unacceptable, [and] the fact is that all of our children deserve to go to school in a safe environment.”
Gardner said the Government would look at anti-bullying models developed by other states to help it refine the new South Australian model.
“We’ve had a number of discussions with people working in this area because it’s important that we have a strong research-based model.
“There have been other governments that have been working on developing strong anti-bullying programs that we can look to, particularly the New South Wales Government.