MEDIA RELEASE

 

Educate Students Through Chanting

 

[NUKU’ALOFA 1 May 2017] Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC) conducted for the fist time its Stop Bullying and Violence at School and Anywhere Else Chanting Campaign to a crowd of thousands at Teufaiva Stadium on Friday 28th of April, the last day of the inter-college sports competition.

The chanting campaign was designed as a pilot according to WCCC Director, ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, “The inter-collegiate sports is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful impact by working with thousands of students over a tight timeframe with one clear message about non-violence – we use the chanting campaign strategy with primary school students and it works well so we decided to test it out with the secondary school level in the hope that we can continue this every year.” The chanting campaign is a key primary prevention strategy of WCCC in trying to educate students to stop all forms of bullying and violent behaviours at school and anywhere else but to promote peaceful relationship between them.

The chanting campaign was successful and the Honourable Minister of Education, Penisimani Fifita acknowledged and awarded the leading chants and composers and a special request was made by the Honourable Prime Minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva for the leading chants to perform their chants in front of him and other ministers of the Crown including Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni, Hon. Minister of Health, Saia Piukala, Hon. Minister of Police, Mateni Tapueluelu and Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises , Poasi Tei.

The leading chants;

1st Place overall:  Queen Salote College  – $1000

2nd Place overall: Tonga College, ‘Atele  – $700

3rd Place overall: ‘Api Fo’ou College – $500

Queen Salote College also won the Best composition ($200), Best costume ($200) and the Best cheer leader was taken by Malia Losa also of Queen Salote College ($200)

The panel of judges were the Director of WCCC, ‘Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil Likiliki, Senior Constable ‘Anamalia ‘Aho from the Ministry of Police, Ms Ebonie Fifita from On the Spot organisation, Ms Melemanu Bloomfield from the Taimi ‘o Tonga media organisation, Mr. Tito Kivalu a Propation Officer from Ministry of Justice and also a Male Advocate of WCCC and Rev. ‘Ikani Tolu from the Free Weslyan Church Life Line.

The leading chants will be used regularly during the WCCC Fanguna Radio Program.

The Stop Bullying and Violence at School and Anywhere Else Chanting Campaign was funded by UN Women Pacific Regional Ending Violence Against Women Facility Fund.

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