Archives for February 2013

11 facts about bullying

(statistics are for USA only, but I believe that they repeat themselves in every single country on this planet)

1] Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

2] 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.

3] Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

4] 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

5] 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school and did nothing.

6] Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.

7] 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

8] 90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

9] 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.

10] Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

11] Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.

(source: DoSomething.org )

Tears speak for themselves

L1010592Our great goal in life is to love. The rest is silence.

We need to love.
Even when it leads us to the land where the lakes are made of tears, to that secret, mysterious place, the land of tears!

Tears speak for themselves. And when we feel that we have cried all we needed to cry, they still continue to flow.
But when we believe that our life is destined to be a long walk through the Vale of Sorrows, the tears suddenly vanish.

Because we managed to keep our heart open, despite the pain.

Because we realised that the person who left us did not take the sun with them or leave darkness in their place.
They simply left, and with every farewell comes a hidden hope.

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

 
 
taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA