Building safe schools for children with rights
Start date: Oct 1, 2012,
Over the past years, violence in schools has occurred with incidents ranging from minor discipline problems, to verbal and physical threats. On the other hand, there is often a lack of readiness of policymakers to address the problem. While an understanding of the phenomenon of violence in schools has progressed in various disciplines, a significant gap on the legal framework and the enforcement of law in schools to guarantee a safe educational environment remains. The consortium partners join forces to disseminate the products of previous activities. The consortium intends to provide a better understanding of how law influences and might effectively be modified to reduce violence in schools in a given European context. The objective is to disseminate previous research through an on-line video tutorial, an interactive e-book, a hard copy publication (comparative analysis, synthesis report) about the legal obligation to prevent violence in school as an aspect of education policies to be developed in the best interests of the child, and through an international conference. These outputs will be added to the free on-line course on international and comparative education law of the partners. The ultimate objective is to make violence in schools regarded as a preventable public problem instead of being inevitable.The short term target group are academics, and professionals working in national inspectorates, in European networks of education providers, school directors and teaching staff, experts in violence and safety in schools, advocacy groups, pupils and student organisations, parental organisations. Further dissemination of the results is expected to take place through the European networks of which representatives will participate in the conference and through teacher training courses of the UNITWIN experts. To support the impact efforts, a European alliance working group will be established.
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