NON-BULLY PROGRAM

We are currently designing a non-bullying program. The purpose is to reduce and prevent bullying, increase everyone’s role as proactive bystanders, and create safe and supportive school environments.

NON-BULLY EDUCATIONAL APPROACH

More than one billion children attend school every day around the globe. Many of these children enjoy their right to learn and play in safe and supportive environments. For many others, school can be a place that they fear because they are exposed to bullying, cyberbullying, or some other type of violence on a daily basis.

Bullying is a type of violence that has an adverse impact on the victim, the person who bullies, and on bystanders. Accepted definitions of bullying are based on three characteristics: bullying is harmful, involves a power imbalance, and most often it is repeated.

Our non-bully program is based on the SEL-approach:

SEL – Social and Emotional Learning

SEL is the process through which children (and adults) acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is at the forefront of SEL movement. CASEL as identified a core set of skills that any SEL curriculum should address:

1.    Self-management
2.    Self-awareness
3.    Social awareness
4.    Relationship skills
5.    Responsible decision making

A defining characteristic of SEL is that it empowers children to manage their own behaviour in positive and productive ways, shifting the control to the child.

This challenges the "compliance model" widely used in many schools around the globe, where adults hold the power in the classroom, and students are passive participants, and not drivers of their own development and learning. Check more on SEL effectiveness.

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PROGRAM DESIGN

"It takes a village to raise a child" is an African proverb which means that the entire community needs to put effort to support and raise a child. We believe that supporting our children and teenagers to be responsible, and to develop meaningful relationships based on respect, trust and empathy is a task for all adults involved in their lives: school staff, teachers, parents and members of community.

The most effective anti-bullying programs require a strategic, systemic approach that involves everyone, from school leaders to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need.

Therefore, our non-bullying/cyber bullying program is based both, on prevention and intervention. The program offers guidance, support and education to school administration, teachers, students, families and communities.

The full program consists of:

1. School guide

A step-by-step manual for principal and school staff on how to establish prevention/intervention school-wide policies/procedures; and ensure safe and supportive culture.

2. Teacher Manual 1

Full-year resource; easy-to-use manual for teachers consisting of engaging and transformational activities.

3. Teacher Manual 2

Supporting manual that provides background into theories of each session for Teacher manual 1.

4. Student Manual

Individual and reflective activities for students that help them integrate and apply newly-learned knowledge and skills.