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 Bring back our girls 26022 May 2014 - On Tuesday 15th April 2014, militant group Boko Haram kidnapped over 230 schoolgirls from their dormitory at the Chibok Government School in Nigeria. These girls were studying for their exams, and in the middle of the night, armed men ripped them off from their beds. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has requested all schools to pledge support for the missing Nigerian schoolgirls by holding a special assembly on Friday, 23 May 2014 and by signing the #BringBackOurGirls petition.

Aim of the assembly is to express the commitment of South African principals, teachers, parents and learners to promote human rights, and condemn all acts of violence, sexism, inequality and abuse committed against the schools girls, and women in general.

Schools are encouraged to sign the petition which can be downloaded here (MS Word, 86 KB). Signed petitions will be collected by the Department of Basic Education at the DBE provincial offices on Friday 30 May 2014.

Minster Moshekga's letter to the schools can be downloaded here. (PDF, 126 KB)