"Programme of Violence Prevention - STOP"   

  • is designed to counteract violence amongst kids in primary and secondary schools.
  • is arranged for teachers, parents and children.
  • in the framework of the programme there are also training courses for teachers, educationalists, psychologists and local government workers focused on self-managing the "STOP" programme in their communities.

    If you want to find out more about the programme, see also the entry: >>> the STOP programme and: >>> training courses

            "Child Abused, Child Neglected"    

      This is a prevention - education programme focused on the problem of adult violence towards children. It is designed for children aged 6 - 12, who are the most exposed to the danger of violence. Classes are arranged according to developmental levels and help children to "sort out the world" and become aware of their own rights and needs. The programme is designed to provide children with knowledge and skills to help them avoid dangerous situations and protect themselves against violence.

            Bearing in mind the vulnerability of children we try to:    
    • instruct them in differentiating between safe and dubious or dangerous situations;
    • inform them about their right to self-defence and self-protection;
    • unburden them of feelings of guilt and shame;
    • help them to enhance their self-esteem;
            During the classes children find out about:    
    • different kinds of touch;
    • self-protection;
    • methods of self-protection in dangerous situations;
    • claiming help from adults;
    • children's rights.
            In the framework of the programme we organise seminars for tutors and teachers on:  
    • the phenomenon of child abuse;
    • the symptoms and signs of abuse;
    • the protection of children against violence.
    While working with the programme we co-operate with the Advisory Council and Association "OPTA" as well as with the Foundation "No-one's children"

            "My teacher - my guide"    
    This is workshop for teachers on educational skills. It is designed as a 25 hours course. Its aim is preparing teachers to establish positive relationships with pupils and their parents. Educational skills are necessary in working with the problems of children's violence. It is one of the most difficult tasks for a teacher.

            The following topics are focused on during the workshops:
  • the basis of a good relationship with pupils. Creating an atmosphere of co-operation based on mutual trust and respect for the child's and teacher's rights;
  • active listening and forms of communication which enhance the development of positive relationships between teacher and pupil;
  • conflict solving methods - negotiation and mediation;
  • ways of inspiring pupils to have independent and co-operative attitudes;
  • stimulating a process of gaining self-esteem in pupils;
  • punishment and reward - a conscious educative approach.
  • constructive feed-back as a principal element of giving comments to pupils;
  • forming adult authority based on practical loyalty to the values promoted;
  • active methods of class work;
  • ideas for planning educative lessons;
  • ways of involving parents in the educative program of the class and school;
  • communicative skills during individual and group sessions with parents.

            The Family Prevention Programme or "How to be a good parent"    
    This is a workshop for parents on educative skills. It is focused on developing and promoting the correct relationships in a family. The project is aimed at those parents, who want to improve their relationship with their child and be able to cope well with difficult situations. The programme is based on the approach of A.Faber and E.Mazlisch, authors of the well-known handbook "How to speak to be listened by your children and how to listen to make them speak" and T.Gordon "Parenting without mistakes". It is usually arranged in the form of 30-hour workshop (10 meetings, once a week).

            Topics of meetings:    
  • emotions - how to understand a child, help him or her cope with their feelings, how to manage one's own emotions towards children. What to do when the child is angry;
  • rules in our home - how to establish and practise them;
  • conflicts - how to resolve them without doing harm, how to find inspiration in them, how to cope with quarrelling siblings;
  • punishment and the consequences - what is the difference? How to use them with children? When does it bring effects?;
  • the independent child - how to support reliability and independence in our children;
  • encouraging children to be self-reflexive - how to support the child and help him or her create a self-image, how to praise and motivate the child.

            "Parents at school"    
    This program is addressed to parents and teachers and promotes co-operation in the school and the classroom.
    If parents take an active involvement in school life, the efficiency of learning grows, schools become friendlier places for children and educational difficulties have less chance of developing into pathologies. The programme encourages parents to take an active part in school life, co-operate with teachers in solving classroom problems, stimulate parents to contribute to the educative program and exercise their rights. Teachers are also shown how they can involve parents in school life, how to organise and lead the class sessions with parents and ways of working out conflicts.

            Topics for teachers:    
  • space for parents in school life - parents' rights, why are they so useful for the school, possibilities of tutor-parent co-operation, general rules for organising sessions with parents;
  • assessment of parents' needs and expectations focusing on school and teachers - the parent as a client of the educational institution, tools for recognising parents' needs (constructing questionnaires, discussing conclusions with parents and applying them in practice);
  • constructive exchange of information between parents and teachers - formulating announcements, correspondence with parents, rules of giving information on class meetings about the organisation of the school year, school plans and pupils' achievements; ethics of information on parents meetings;
  • individual contact with parents - rules of constructive communication, methods of giving feedback about a child, joint work on the child's help plan;
  • linking the hands of parents, teachers and pupils - how to use the knowledge and skills of parents seen as experts; "parents for children and with children" (collective excursions, picnics, competitions, theatre), collective resolutions to class room problems, planning of certain activities which unite the efforts of parents and pupils;
  • discussion sessions with parents on class room situations - choice of topics and methods of discussing them, controlling the discussion, involving experts.

            Topics for parents:    
  • assessment of relations between school and home to date;
  • rights and responsibilities of parents in the light of Education Reform;
  • different possibilities of parents-school co-operation;
  • rules of discussion with tutors and teachers;
  • methods of conflict resolution.
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