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TITLE OF GOOD PRACTICE:

We say NO to school violence

KEYWORDS:

non-violence, respect, badge, charter, drawings

GOOD PRACTICE TYPOLOGY:

School project

TARGET GROUPS:

Pupils of secondary education

WORKING GROUP COORDINATING THE INITIATIVE:

Institut Notre-Dame Séminaire of Bastogne (INDSé), pupils of the 1st and 2nd secondary classes, year 2007.

COUNTRY WHERE IT TOOK PLACE:

Belgium - Bastogne

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

DEFINITION OF TARGET GROUP:

Teachers, Young People.

DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE:

The pupils of the 1st and 2nd secondary classes have decided to react against school violence as well following two events :


1. Charter “Green ribbon for respect”


Awareness action led by the four secondary schools of the city of Dinant, in reaction to 2 news items of violence.

(see good practice form “Green ribbon for respect”).


2. Citizen day of “non-violence”


On the 16th April 2007, the first “Citizen day of non-violence” was held. This activity is offered in all the schools of the French Community of Belgium.


They have led three actions against school violence in 2007 :


A. The have created a blog “We say NO to school violence”. In this blog, they offer awareness actions in the school.


B. The have decided to take part in the citizen day of “non-violence” that was held on the 16th April 2007 through two concrete activities :


- to wear a badge symbolizing non-violence all this day long http://inforef.be/projets/iamnotscared/upload/iambadge.jpg">(Click on this link to see the badge)

- to read, each day, one of the ten points of the charter for non-violence (proposed by the schools of Dinant) and to discuss them with the teacher.



Charter « Green ribbon for respect »

Athénée Royal Adolphe Sax, Communauté scolaire libre Georges Cousot, Collège Notre-Dame de Bellevue, Institut technique de la Communauté française du Domaine d’Herbuchenne

This charter is aimed to all teachers, educators, parents, pupils… and to you, citizen.





  1. Word

    I express myself without fear, without vulgarity, without aggressiveness, without hurting the other.

    I communicate kindly and politely

    In the respect of the other’s word, I take time to listen to him/her





  2. Duty of word

    Indifference is a party to violence. I commit myself to breaking the code of silence if I am witness or victim of violent acts or manipulations.




  3. Access to knowledge School is a chance. I must keep it without wasting it. I give the best of myself and I make the needed choices to succeed in my work





  4. Differences

    I accept the other with his/her differences linked to religion, family, skin colour, physique, culture…. We are all equal deep inside.




  5. Self respect I manage my emotions, my problems and my conflicts through dialog without resorting to physical, verbal or mental violence.





  6. Living environment

    I respect all those who daily work for my welfare as well as the rooms and material put at my disposal





  7. Mutual respect

    Whatever my age, my physical and intellectual capacities, my office in the school are, I welcome and I respect the other as I ask him to welcome and to respect me.





  8. Aid and mutual aid

    In a spirit of solidarity and kindness, I help the others as far as I can.

    I ignore nobody. I ask the others to act in the same way with me.





  9. Honour, trust, conscience

    I commit myself to acting and speaking honestly in order to be acknowledged as a reliable person.

    I put my trust in the others carefully and consciously.





  10. Citizenship

    I defend myself without aggressiveness and by respecting the laws and rules. I am responsible of my own acts, choices and words in and outside school.

    At my level, I take part in the construction of a fair society where everyone finds his/her place and blossoms.





The badges and the charter have been given to each class representative.


C. During the trimester prior to the action day of the 16th April 2007, the pupils had already led a display campaign against violence. Each one had the opportunity to express himself/herself on non-violence. The drawings are published on the pupils’ blog or displayed in the classrooms. They show that physical violence exists but verbal violence as well.


INDICATORS:

Classroom management, Whole-school anti-bullying policy.

EVALUATION:

The interest of this initiative is that it comes directly from the pupils. pages

COMMENT:

1st and 2nd classes pupils’ blog of the INDSé : “We say NO to violence at school”
http://commissionindse.blogspot.com/2007/04/opration-ruban-vert-pour-le-respect.html

NAME OF COMPILER:

Martine PRIGNON

NAME OF INSTITUTION:

INFOREF

ROLE:

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