Lighter School Bags

Lighter School Bags

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#nomoreheavyschoolbags started this petition to Department of Basic Education South Africa and

Our children, like the many generations before, have had to carry bags to and from school. But these bags are getting heavier and it is no longer a high school or varsity student problem. 

We understand that there are limited resources for most schools to procure and install lockable desks per learner or even locker's, let alone security. Technology is not even an option here. There are limited funds for the DBE (Department of Basic Education) to bestow bags with wheels to all students. We know that not everyone can afford even a basic school bag. But with the increased weight of carrying every single lesson in a shoulder school bag, these children are buckling under the strain and look like they are from a time in the industrial revolution. This is so wrong.

We ask that immediate attention is given to this very real and dangerous situation and that all schools and department heads will not just skim over this problem, but actively and with determination add it to the DBE Research Agenda and discussions to find a solution. And that both the mental and physical health risks of an over burdened child, be researched with post haste.

I propose that one viable solutions that could be looked into, is that all subject workbooks for all grades cannot be heavier than a 96 hard cover, and only one workbook per lesson and no text books to be carried in a child's school bag. 72pg soft covers could be used per term and placed into a file at home and DBE workbooks to be divided into one term at a time. 

Decreasing the weight of a child's school bag would definitely have a vast improvement in their all round health and well being. The added cost of upgrading to tougher, bags or wheeled bags or trolleys can be avoided. Medical bills and clinic visits will be less. Days off school and from work would be less. Depression in some children can be lessened by the burden of overweight school bags. The future workforce might just be saved, by carrying less stress today.

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