Unfortunately bullying is still very much a reality in schools today, and the Adeje council run a series of programmes to address, tackle and prevent this scourge of the classroom.
Run by the department of equality, the programme is designed for students in the first year of secondary school, their parents, their teachers and the public in general. Certainly when children move from primary into the somewhat more relaxed atmosphere of secondary school it is a time where new behaviours can emerge or existing ones can flourish, so tackling the issue in first year of this new era of the student’s education makes sense.
The course this year will be held in the second week of February with a series of activities designed to increase awareness and improve co-existence in the school setting, promoting non-violent values, dialogue, empathy, solidarity and respect. Respect is paramount in this setting particularly given our multi-cultural community in Adeje, and the course promotes respect for different cultures, body shapes, character, colour, sexuality and creed.
The department has classified bullying as personalised violence that is intentional, repeated and oriented to generate a relationship based on abuse and inequality between the abuser or bullier and the victim. The bully will use intimidation, isolation, threats and insults within the school setting. This resulting situation can cause huge harm to those who suffer.
It is, say the council, up to administrations implicated in the education system to guarantee that students in schools receive all the information needed to combat bullying. This will include how to recognise indicators, risk situations in schools, identifying the different roles children can be pushed into in the classroom, such as passive observer, victims, etc. Confronting the bully, interventions and the knock-on effects for the victim and other pupils will also be examined as well as the legal ramifications.
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