The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, promised Tuesday, June 6, "additional means" in the fight against school bullying, including the creation of a referent on this subject "in each establishment", after receiving Monday the family of the young Lindsay, who committed suicide in May.
We need to step up on this issue, we need to accelerate what we have already started to do. There is still a long way to go," Pap Ndiaye told Franceinfo. "There has been an awareness for several years. We have developed a device, the Phare device, which we have generalized at the beginning of the school year in all schools and colleges, "after a two-year experimental phase in six academies, he added.
It does not work as it should in all institutions.
Pap Ndiaye, Minister of National Education
This programme provides for the formation of a reference team of at least five persons per secondary school and per primary school district, the appointment and training of at least ten student ambassadors per college and ten hours of training per year for children. It must be extended to high schools from the beginning of the next school year.
But obviously, it does not work as it should in all institutions, "acknowledged Pap Ndiaye, indicating that the ministry would "put additional resources on this issue, first with a harassment referent in each institution, who will be attached to the head of school". "There will be financial means for this," he said.
Numbers 3018 and 3020
At the Ministry of National Education, it is specified that a person responsible for monitoring situations and coordinating the fight against harassment will be appointed in each college from the beginning of the next school year, with additional remuneration for this mission. This could be a nurse, a principal board of education (CPE) or a teacher.
Pap Ndiaye also said that the ministry would "put additional resources on 3020 and 3018", the two emergency numbers for families and victims (3020) and cyberbullying (3018), without further details. He also said he had "enjoined the heads of establishments to systematically contact, in case of proven harassment, with the public prosecutor, with the judicial authorities". Received Monday by Pap Ndiaye, Lindsay's family implicated the minister, accused of not being "sincere" and having given them an "insufficient" response.