Schools score chance to tackle bullies

ERADICATING bullies from the schoolyard will get a whole lot easier for Gladstone region's schools.

Grants of $2200 are available for primary schools wanting to introduce an anti-bullying program or put in place a buddy system.

The grants are available under the Better Buddies programs, which is sponsored by Camp Australia state-wide.

Just 10 of the grants are available.

Camp Australia spokesperson Andrew Kent said about one in four Australian children experienced bullying.

Mr Kent said the Better Buddies program could save a life. He said it paired students in their first and last years of primary school.

He said the program taught children values and strategies to help to create a caring school community where bullying was reduced.

"The earlier children learn anti-bullying messages, the less likely they are to bully or be bullied," Mr Kent said.

"We are delighted to offer Queensland schools the chance to win one of 10 sponsored Better Buddies programs in their school valued at $2200 each.

"The program is renowned both nationally and internationally and has been proven in reducing bullying in primary schools.

"It has a framework that can introduce the program as a new concept to the school or be used to support and enhance an existing school buddy system."

The Better Buddies Framework is an initiative of the Alanna and Madeline Foundation.

Mr Kent said it was designed to create friendly and caring primary school communities to reduce bullying.

He said it was re-developed by Camp Australia for use in all of its out-of-school-hours programs across the country.

"Applying is very easy and takes less than five minutes," he said.

"Anyone can register their school name, contact details and a brief reason why they would love to see the Better Buddies program at their school."

Applications close on September 19.


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