Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

School Bullying: Programmes That Work


MEDIA RELEASE: 17.03.09

School Bullying: Programmes That Work

In light of the two-day summit on school violence, which finishes in Wellington today, it’s important to highlight that effective solutions already exist, and that there’s a need for greater public awareness of their existence and increased funding support. Two examples of well established programmes with demonstrated effectiveness at reducing violence are the Cool Schools Peer Mediation and The Roots of Empathy. Both are offered by the Peace Foundation and both are delivered to schools with funding from government ministries.

What makes these programmes exceptional? For one thing they use an inclusive, pro-active school and community based approach. These are important priorities according to the OCC (Office of the Children’s’ Commissioner) whose main message advocates “changing the whole culture of a school” - rather than just targeting individual bullies. Another important feature of both programmes is that children’s day- to-day experiences are the focus. Both Cool Schools and Roots of Empathy provide hands-on opportunities for gaining empathy, caring communication and conflict resolution skills, as well as reducing aggression.

Marion Hancock, National Manager for Roots of Empathy quotes statistics showing that out of 30 schools where the programme was adopted last year, 90% of teachers reported reduced bullying, and 100% of principals and parents were very satisfied with their participation. In the words of Tina Verdouw, Principal of Rongomai School in south Auckland, “we found that we eliminated violence from our school when we used the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme, and when we introduced the Roots of Empathy the children actually became gentle and responsive. Our senior students now act as a role model and keep the playground a safe and caring haven for all the children”.



Still, getting these programmes where they’re needed comes down to dollars and ‘sense’. When asked about the realities of demand vs. supply, Christina Barruel, Cool Schools National Manager states that: “we have a long list of schools waiting for the training in the next funded contract period for July 2009”. She also says that “the demand for the programme far exceeds the funding supply”. The Peace Foundation continues to get the message out to schools, families and communities that education is the way forward. The hope is that the message will be more fully heard and supported in a way that reflects our nation’s commitment to its children.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels