Tackling Violence in Schools: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice

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Education is a fundamental right of each and every child. It is crucial for children’s development, enabling them to cultivate their creative talents and critical thinking, gain life skills, join hands with friends and develop social relations, and grow with dignity, confidence and self-esteem as individuals.

Education has a unique potential to generate an environment where attitudes condoning violence can be changed and non-violent behavior can be learned. From children’s early years, schools are well placed to break patterns of violence and provide skills to communicate, to negotiate and support peaceful solutions to conflicts.

Schools also offer children the possibility of learning and internalizing values of solidarity, tolerance and respect, and they serve as important resources for the promotion of non-violence and for overcoming tension and mediating conflicts, among pupils and staff, and also beyond, in the wider community.

For many children, however, the school environment represents a very different universe, where they may be exposed to violence and may also be taught violence.

Playground fighting, verbal abuse, intimidation, humiliation, corporal punishment, sexual abuse, gang violence, or other forms of cruel and humiliating treatment at the hands of teachers and other school staff, are some common expressions of this phenomenon.

For child victims of violence, school can become an ordeal rather than an opportunity.

The promise and potential of education and the excitement of discovery and learning are undermined by pain, trauma and fear. In some cases children’s academic performance suffers, their health and wellbeing is affected, and their capacity to operate as confident individuals, capable of developing open and trusting relations with others, is compromised. The negative impact of violence in schools goes beyond the children who are directly affected by it. It touches the lives of those who witness it, creating an atmosphere of anxiety and insecurity incompatible with learning. An violence or the threat of violence can even be such that families feel pressed to keep their children out of school, and to encourage school abandonment as a means of preventing further violence and harm. As a result, educational opportunity, with all its benefits for the individual and society, may be seriously hampered.

Recognizing the crucial importance of education in safeguarding children’s rights, and of violent-free schools as catalysts for non-violence in the communities that they serve, the Norwegian Government, the Council of Europe and my own office joined hands in the organization in June 2011, in Oslo, of an expert consultation on tackling violence in schools.

This High Level Expert Meeting brought together policy makers, education and children’s rights experts, civil society participants and academics, as well as UN agencies and the Council of Europe decision-making bodies.

I am confident that this report, which includes the key conclusions and recommendations of the expert consultation, will be a crucial contribution to raise awareness of the important initiatives promoted across nations to prevent and address violence against children in schools and to mobilize decisive action to accelerate progress in violence prevention and elimination.

Marta Santos Pais

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children

Workshop Construção de Marionetas

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Maria Keil (1914 – 2012)

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A artista plástica Maria Keil, morreu aos 97 anos no dia 10 de junho de 2012, distinguiu-se principalmente no azulejo. Ao longo da sua vida dedicou-se também à pintura, desenho, artes gráficas, gravura, tapeçaria, decoração, cerâmica. Escreveu e ilustrou três livros para crianças e ilustrou livros para crianças de autores como Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Matilde Rosa Araújo, Maria Cecília Correia, Aquilino Ribeiro, Alice Vieira, Alexandre Honrado, etc.

Exposição virtual da Biblioteca Nacional sobre Maria Keil Aqui

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Mais crianças nascidas fora do casamento

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Notícia do Diário de Notícias de 25 de Junho de 2012.

A publicação mencionada na notícia é a seguinte:

Movimento Fisiológico da População 2011


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