DONATOR: Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland
DURATION: Septemeber 1st, 2013 – June 30th, 2014
LOCATION: Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Midlle Bosnia canton: 2 schools, Republic of Srpska: 4 schools
GOALS: Provide children, teachers and parents with the appropriate tools, knowledge and skills in order to actively participate in putting in place effective responses to the risks posed by peer violence and gender based violence.
Project „Prevention of Peer Violence and Gender Based Violence in Primary Schools” will be executed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, namely, of 6 primary schools, 4 of them are located in Republika Srpska and 2 primary schools are located in Midlle Bosnia canton, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Project target groups are pupils, teachers, school management and representatives of Council of Parents from 6 targeted primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Activity 1. Survey implementation in selected school:
• Determination of the level of violence in schools.
• Identification of the most prominent forms of violence.
• Survey will be conducted at three levels: pupils from 3rd grade to 5th grade, pupils from 6th grade to 9th grade and teachers (school personnel).
• Sensitisation of pupils, teachers, school management and parents toward problem of violence at the school level through dissemination of assessment final data.
• Serve as baseline for development of the school roles and responsibilities and responses related to peer violence and gender based violence.
Activity 2. Putting in place School Coordination Board on Non – Violence:
• School Coordination Board on Non – Violence (SCB) will be a school body consisted of 5 persons (preferably): principal, school pedagogue, psychologist, social worker (if any), representative of Counsel of parents and representative of Council of Pupils.
• SCB will collect results of the survey, assemble them, analyse and form a group of school values, roles and responsibilities and responses related to violence amongst children. • The SCB will act to put in place and maintain elements of the School Safety Network.
• The SCB will act during project implementation and if needed after project completion, otherwise its responsibilities will be transferred to regular school management bodies (e.g. School Board, Council of Teachers, Council of Pupils, Council of Parents, etc.)
Activity 3. Basic training for education of teachers on peer violence and gender based violence (GBV):
• Schoolteachers will acquire the necessary knowledge to identify forms of peer violence and gender based violence, how to react to violence, how and to whom to refer, how to monitor children’s behaviour. • Basic training will last for approximately 3 hours.
Activity 4. Training for trainers on peer violence and gender based violence (teachers – mentors):
• Teachers will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to conduct workshops with children aiming at increasing knowledge on violence prevention and skills how to transfer their knowledge to other teachers. • Teachers will acquire knowledge about causes and consequences of violence, how to empower their pupils with skills to effectively react to violence.
• Teachers will be closely introduced with the elements of School Safety Network, how to support and maintain School Safety Network.
• Training for trainers will last for approximately 2 hours.
Activity 5. Peer support workshops
• Set of specially designed workshops will be used for training of a group of selected pupils on peer support methodology. These pupils will be educated on violence prevention, forms, sources and consequences of violence amongst peers. Armed violence risk education will be included as a one of the workshop topics.
• Peer supporters along with their teachers will identify and organize specific modes of peer support activities in order to apply and integrate their knowledge on violence prevention into school and after school activities.
• One peer support workshop will last for 45 minutes. (One school class)
Breakdown of peer support workshops:
a) Workshop 1 – Identity, attitudes, self-confidence
b) Workshop 2 – Stereotypes and prejudices
c) Workshop 3 – Communication I: Verbal and non-verbal communication
d) Workshop 4 – Communication II: Active listening, “I” messages, rules for good communication
e) Workshop 5 – Violence prevention I: Origins of the conflict and violence
f) Workshop 6 – Violence prevention II: Escalation of the conflict, de-escalation of the conflict and violence prevention
g) Workshop 7 – Conflict I: Different reactions to conflict and violence, how to react to violence in school
h) Workshop 8 – Conflict II: What we can do to prevent violence in school
i) Workshop 9 – Truth – friendliness
j) Workshop 10 – Needs
Activity 6. Coordination and cooperation with the representatives of local community
• At primary school level, Genesis Project will work on development of referral system by putting in place comprehensive data-base on peer violence and gender based violence.
• Based on identified needs and community resources, school based action for prevention of peer violence and gender based violence will be initiated, designed, developed, conducted and monitored in cooperation between particular school, parents and children and supported by local community (media, local municipal representatives, social welfare centres, police, celebrities, sport clubs, community events, etc.).
Activity 7. Putting in place School Safety Network
• School Safety Network will ensure implementation of responses related to peer violence and gender based violence with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of teachers, other school personnel, parents and pupils that will contribute to prevention of these types of violence in school environment.
• Putting in place system of Confidence box (children can address violence issues in confidence and receive adequate response).
• Support and coordination of peer support activities.
• Support violence prevention activities through other school groups/sections, organise activists for additional violence prevention activities.
• Establish and maintain data base on violence and undertaken responses.
• In total, School Safety Network put in place (1 School Safety Network per school).
1. Quality baseline information on attitudes, perceptions and knowledge on peer violence and gender based violence in targeted primary schools is available and informs action planning at the school level. Survey findings disseminated at the school level
Survey data included in modelling of project activities