On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited Zonnebos, a specialized secondary school in Schlide as part of Anti-Bullying Week in Belgium.
During this morning’s visit Her Majesty was informed about the school’s anti-bullying policy which recently won the school a silver medal for their program, Bullying: That’s Not Possible. Her Majesty also participated in various activities at the school that raises awareness about bullying. An important moment of during today’s visit included a story of a student who was a victim of bullying and harassment in school.
The young man shared his story after seeing a video which included a whole series of interventions by young victims of bullying. When Her Majesty asked the students what they thought of the video footage, one of students replied: ” It happened to me too…” Her Majesty immediately took an interest in the young man’s story and asked him if he had been able to discuss it at school. “It’s a first step to talk about it like you do ,” she told the young man.
According to the Belgian royal court, Her Majesty Queen Mathilde:
“…concluded her visit by attending a Hippotherapy demonstration. The school relies on horses to help children overcome their difficulties and behavioral problems.”
To view photos from today’s visit to Zonnebos please click the link below: