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School without violence

 

“School without violence” social programme performed in 17 regional dailies of two publishing groups – Polskapresse and Media Regionalne and by Orange Foundation (former: TP Group Foundation). In 2009 the group of the organisers was joined by Programme Partner – Operon Educational Publishing House.

The Programme aims to prevent violence in Polish schools by improving the awareness of the problem, changing the attitudes towards violence, and providing schools with specific support and tools, helping them combat this phenomenon effectively and systematically.

The Programme was performed under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.

The 4th edition of the Programme was performed under the slogan "Voluntary service – helping others consciously". As part of the performed actions, we encourage school communities - students, teachers and parents – to become involved in voluntary services. The ambassador of the 4th edition of the Programme was Tomasz Majewski, the world champion in shot put.

Polskapresse dailies performing the Programme: "Polska Dziennik Bałtycki", "Polska Dziennik Łódzki," "Polska Dziennik Zachodni," "Express Ilustrowany", "Polska Gazeta Krakowska", "Polska Głos Wielkopolski", "Polska Gazeta Wrocławska", and "Polska Metropolia Warszawska".

For more information about the Programme see: www.szkolabezprzemocy.pl

Prizes awarded to the Programme


In 2007 “School without violence” was appreciated by Polish, US and global experts of Public Relations sector.

In 2007 we were awarded the first prize in the European SABRE Awards 2007 competition for the best PR campaign in Eastern Europe.

Then we received another prize in London, where an international jury awarded to "School without violence " the main prize in "Corporate Social Responsibility" category at IPRA Golden World Awards 2007. This time our project was recognised as the best one in the world!

In November, it was the turn of Polish PR community. "School without violence” was recognised as the best educational campaign in Poland and was awarded with Gold Paper Clip prize.

Then good news came from New York. This time US experts recognised “School without violence” as one of the best campaigns in 2007 and awarded Bronze Magellan to our programme.

Programme Effects

1st edition - 2006-2007

  • the Programme was joined by over 3,000 schools - 10 per cent of all schools in Poland,
  • we examined 200 schools from all over Poland in school audit,
  • 2,671 schools submitted applications in the competition for the design of Programme’s t-shirt,
  • 916 school projects for violence prevention were submitted for the “School without violence" competition – we awarded 64 schools by financing projects with the total amount of PLN 320,000,
  • students submitted 116 movies to the film competition,
  • over 2,000 publications concerning the programme and issues of school violence and aggression were published in regional dailies running the Programme.


2nd edition - 2007-2008

  • 4,718 schools in the Programme - 15 per cent of all schools in Poland,
  • 903 violence prevention projects in the grant programme - 80 awarded projects for the total amount of PLN 400,000,
  • we trained 1,600 teachers during regional workshops,
  • our psychologists made 57 interventions in schools,
  • 1,300 schools organised the School without Violence Day,
  • 52 local governments declared co-financing of training, covered research costs and increased employability of guide counsellors and psychologists in schools covered with their area of competence. The total amount of the financial commitment of local governments exceeded PLN 1 million.


3rd edition - 2008-2009

  • 4,202 schools in the Programme - 15 per cent of all schools in Poland,
  • 953 violence prevention projects in the grant programme - 80 awarded projects for the total amount of PLN 400,000,
  • we trained 1,300 teachers during regional workshops,
  • our psychologists made 30 interventions in schools,
  • 1,800 schools organised the School without Violence Day,
  • 170 schools participated in „School Diagnosis 2009",
  • Over 20,000 votes were cast in the competition for the best tutor.

School without Violence Rulebook

1. School is a community.
Schools aim to establish a community of all teachers, students, their parents and non-teaching school staff, based on a clear and transparent system of values.

2. We all respect each other.
School community builds the climate of safety, respect, open dialogue and understanding between teachers, school staff, students and parents. All participants of school community respect each other and do not exhibit aggressive behaviours to each other.

3. We act against violence together.
The violence prevention system in place in schools defines clearly: the binding norms, procedures for operation and cooperation of all concerned parties as regards conflict resolution and response to all manifestations of aggression and violence. Its rules are binding on all participants of school communities: teachers, students, non-teaching staff and all people present within school premises.

4. We do not conceal anything.
The school perform regular diagnostics of the issue of violence in school, and the effects of violence prevention system are subject to monitoring and evaluation.

5. We always react.
The school responds to any manifestation of aggression and violence and ensures long-term, proper assistance both to violence victims and perpetrators.

6. Teachers are not alone.
The school undertakes actions aimed to provide to teachers the proper knowledge and skills as concerns conflict resolution and coping with manifestations of aggression and violence.

7. Students know how to act.
The school holds regular preventive classes for students as concerns psychological and social skills, and coping with aggression and violence.

8. Parents are with us.
To prevent violence, the school cooperates with parents, including them into the process of creating the violence prevention system and covering them with educational activities.

9. We have allies.
The school collaborates with out-of-school environment in undertaking of preventive and integrative actions concerning aggression and violence, when the needs exceed school’s capacities or competencies.

10. We reward good role models.
The school promotes behaviour role models based on respect for dignity of every human being.