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WCED SAFETY AT SCHOOLS IN THE WESTERN CAPE. IMPACT OF GANGSTERISM ON SCHOOLING. CONTEXTUALISING THE CHALLENGE. Gangs emerge from the local community . SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS Poverty Unemployment /low income employment Poor living conditions LEARNER BEHAVIOUR

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wced safety at schools in the western cape

WCEDSAFETY ATSCHOOLS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

IMPACT OF GANGSTERISM ON SCHOOLING

WCED :Safe Schools

contextualising the challenge
CONTEXTUALISING THE CHALLENGE
  • Gangs emerge from the local community .
  • SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

Poverty

Unemployment /low income employment

Poor living conditions

  • LEARNER BEHAVIOUR

Early anti-social behaviour

Poor academic performance/Learning difficulties

Truancy / Drop outs

WCED :Safe Schools

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FAMILY SITUATIONS

Single parent families

No adult supervision

Physical abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse

Poor role models

  • GANGS PROVIDE FOR THEIR NEEDS

Vulnerable learners are targeted.

Provide power and protection

Gangs provide glamorous lifestyles .

WCED :Safe Schools

types of gangs
Types of gangs .
  • Street Defence
  • Family Mafia
  • Syndicate
  • Prison Gangs

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why is the school such a lucrative environment
Why is the school such a lucrative environment ?
  • Gangs provide money and draw needy families .

Cell phones ,cars ,gold chains , food , rent

  • Sense of belonging .
  • Protection
  • Turf for drug dealing
  • Prostitution

WCED :Safe Schools

the impact of gang violence on schools
The impact of gang violence on schools
  • External activities .

Gangs choose the arrival and departure times of

teachers and learners to begin the shoot-outs .

Safety drills (stop,drop and roll )impact on emotions.

  • Traumatized educators and learners are fearful and

terrorised

  • Educators need time out for severe stress and

trauma debriefing.

  • Perceived allegiance -determined by where you live.
  • Parent ,Governing Body meetings and extra-mural

activities cannot take place .

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INTERNAL ACTIVITIES

  • Gang involvement of learners impact on restriction
  • of movements when rival gangs frequent turf
  • like tuck shops or toilets .
  • Threats to educators by learners involved in gang
  • activity .
  • Graffiti on school premises.

WCED :Safe Schools

what does safe schools have in place objectives
What does Safe Schools have inplace ? OBJECTIVES
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • ATTITUDAL / BEHAVIOURAL
  • SYSTEMIC

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drugs
Drugs
  • WCED is currently busy with a protocol in line with
  • the National Drug Policy.
  • Drug trafficking is a criminal offence - inform
  • SAPS , Municipalities and other key role players .
  • Safe Schools in partnership with Bridges supported
  • schools with Information , intervention
  • and educational programmes for parents , school
  • policies and referrals .

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managing safety and crises
MANAGING SAFETY AND CRISES
  • Reactive procedures are in place .
  • Support to school communities in their efforts to regain control
  • Trauma Debriefing / Counseling / Therapy
  • Intervention and prevention programs
  • Infrastructure support if needed
  • Law enforcement support
  • Safe Schools Call Centre

WCED :Safe Schools

need for a high level intersectoral task team
NEED FOR A HIGH LEVEL INTERSECTORAL TASK TEAM
  • High level multi -sectoral Task Team
  • to deal with crime and violence
  • All three tiers of government should be included .
  • The task team should look at short ,
  • medium and long term strategies .
  • It should co-ordinate activities of all agencies .

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Job creation / Reduction of unemployment

  • Long term solutions would include moral
  • regeneration of our country .
  • Education will have to play a special role in
  • conjunction with religious and sport bodies ,
  • NGO and CBO .
  • This process will involve learners ,
  • teachers their parents and school community .

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options
OPTIONS
  • Relevantly trained Municipal police officers deployed to high risk areas for a year
  • Army vehicles visibility .(currently withdrawn
  • from Operation Slasher.)
  • Searches and Seizures and raids of shebeens.
  • Gang Mediation/ Social Crime Prevention Activities

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Media coverage - Strong messages to communities .

  • Stronger legislation - Firearm Free Zones within a
  • 100m of school premises and the implementation there of .
  • Review the release of gangsters (20 000 prisoners release p.a) Correctional services and behaviour modification -pre requisite
  • Police Officers as Resource Officers in each school .
  • All of the above need to be balanced with social crime
  • prevention strategies .

WCED :Safe Schools