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The Bahamas Ministry of Education

Super Mommas Against Racism, Bullying & Discrimination:
If a single instance of racism, bullying or discrimination is perceived or reported to have occurred in any organization it MUST be addressed and resolved! SCARBD would like to urge that sensitivity training against racism, bullying and be initiated in ALL schools, with the individual schools' management being accountable. Recent events have placed education in The Bahamas at a critical cross-roads; not only to stay on par with our regional and international counterparts but now to effectively ensure that racism is not allowed to be embedded in the culture of our schools. Surely, we cannot progress as a country if this is allowed to be entrenched within our culture again. Help Super Mommas ERASE racism, STOP Bullying & END discrimination!

Signed,

Super Mommas Against Racism Bullying Discrimination

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As of January 7th, 2014, both of my children have on four separate occasions been the victims of racial slurs by another student while attending Tambearly School. After meeting with the school's...

As of January 7th, 2014, both of my children have on four separate occasions been the victims of racial slurs by another student while attending Tambearly School. After meeting with the school's principal on two separate occasions, and after numerous verbal and written suggestions on implementing a diversity policy within the school, our efforts and concerns were ignored and it was suggested to " move our children if we weren't pleased with the way the school was being run".

 Shortly after the story was published in a local daily (The Tribune) on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, Lyford Cay School (an international school in New Providence), (and most recently Barry University, May 25th, 2014) published their school's diversity policy in a letter to the editor in The Tribune on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 to clarify any misconception that they might have been the school which was unnamed in the original article.   Almost a week later, Mrs. Langford held a private news conference to release a response, where she reiterated that we were free to leave if we were unhappy with the manner in which the school operated.   In light of this, we researched the Education Act governing schools in our country. In it, there is no obligation placed on "independent" schools, as there is on public schools, to mandate or implement anti- discriminatory policies. To this end, a cause was created called Super Mommas Against Racism Bullying & Discrimination (SCARBD). SCARBD seeks your help in signing this petition which will be presented to the Ministry of Education seeking to implement diversity/tolerance policies in ALL Bahamian schools to combat racism, bullying and discrimination.   Tambearly School and possibly other private/independent schools, do not have said policies in place and therefore, there was no "official" due process for the instances when they they occurred. It is our opinion, that if a single instance of racism, bullying or discrimination is perceived to occur in any organization, once it is brought to their attention of the appropriate persons, it deserves to be addressed with utmost urgency and resolved. Thus, SCARBD would like to urge that sensitivity training be initiated in ALL schools, with the individual schools' management being accountable.   In our estimation, these recent events have placed education in The Bahamas at a critical cross-roads; not only to stay on par with our regional and international counterparts but now to effectively ensure that racism is not allowed to be embedded in the culture of our schools. Surely, we cannot progress as a country if this is allowed to be entrenched within our culture again. SMARBD believes that these events were inevitable and had to be faced for us to be passionate in removing any obstacle that impedes our children's success.   These recent experience have solidified to us that it is imperative for "independent " schools  to be held to a high standard and should be obliged to set such policies, sensitize children to diversity with training, penalties for offenders and those institutions who fail to implement them. This also demonstrates a larger reality; racism still exists in The Bahamas in 2014 and it should not and must not be tolerated in any sphere of life; especially not in schools which are the trusted institutions in which we leave our kids expecting for them to be protected while there.   Current policies exist against weapons, illicit drugs, fighting and swearing in all schools, the same MUST extend to racism, bullying and discrimination. Regrettably there is a significant number of  institutions that do not have said policies which in 2014 is disappointing and deeply concerning. We see this as not only our family's issue, but as a national issue behind which ALL Bahamians should stand united.   Support our cause, your cause... Sign and unite with us Super Mommas Against Racism, Bullying & Discrimination in our Schools!

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