Avril Knott-Craig
2017 Nov 19 By mogammad 0 comment

Avril Knott-Craig has a degree in Psychology and Drama and a specialist teaching degree in Drama-in-Education (University of Cape Town). She started her career as a high school teacher and subsequently taught students from pre-school to tertiary level. She spent 12 years in teacher training and had a brief foray into the private sector before joining the NPO sector. Knott-Craig introduced a positive discipline component to the undergraduate teaching course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2004 and in 2015 wrote a manual on positive discipline for South African schools –  The 80/20 Discipline Rule. In 2011 she initiated a working relationship with Metropole South Education District (MSED) of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and launched an anti-bullying campaign in schools in that district. Knott-Craig has always advocated for a complete ban on all forms of physical punishment for children. In 2011 together with Martin Struthmann she produced a manual on how to deal with bullying behaviour called “my bully my bra”. While working for the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town she ran a Non-Violent Schools Campaign assisting schools to set up peace clubs and peer mediation services. She also established Pupils Advisory Forums on Violence which involved young people in making recommendations on how to deal effectively with school violence. She currently works as a consultant and freelancer specialising in dealing with bullying behaviour and building relationships in schools and in the workplace.

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