Category Archives: Prevention of Violence

Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Physical Education and Sport for Democracy and Human Rights, (SPORT)

PestalozziThe aims and objectives of physical education and sports in general cover a wide array of physical, social and ethical concerns. The problem often lies in the lack of implementation of these aims in day-to-day practice. There is a need to share, describe and promote what “quality physical education” or what “a physically well educated person” is. Physical education and sport is still often an arena where violent and war-like language and images abound be it in everyday communication or through the media, where discrimination and stereotypes are common. And yet, physical education and sport have a potential, readily recognised in many places, for the promotion and development of values such as human rights, human dignity and cooperation as well as a constructive, respectful attitude to oneself and to others.

This training focused on the contribution of physical education and extra-curricular sports to personal development and these transversal aims of education. Twenty training units written and piloted by participants and edited by a team of experienced Pestalozzi trainers are available for interested teachers and teacher trainers to try out and adapt.

Link Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Physical Education and Sport for Democracy and Human Rights, (SPORT)

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Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Sex/Sexuality Education – Personal Development, Prevention of Discrimination and Violence, (SexEd)

PestalozziSex and sexuality education (SexEd) is one of many factors that influence social, mental and physical health and well-being of individuals. Therefore SexEd is a part of human rights education, education for democratic citizenship and intercultural education. SexEd is about verbalising sex and sexuality without prejudice and stereotyping by using healthy discourse, building on understanding and respect for sexual diversity, working against taboos, violence and discrimination.

Sixteen training units written and piloted by participants and edited by a team of experienced Pestalozzi trainers are available for interested teachers and teacher trainers to try out and adapt.

Link Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Sex/Sexuality Education – Personal Development, Prevention of Discrimination and Violence, (SexEd)

Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Education for the Prevention of Violence

PestalozziFourteen training units with a focus on education for the prevention of violence, written and piloted by participants and edited Višnja Rajic, are available for interested teachers and teacher trainers to try out and adapt.

Link Pestalozzi Programme Training Units on Education for the Prevention of Violence

Building a Europe for and with Children

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This is the website of the Council of Europe’s transversal programme “Building a Europe for and with children” which was launched in 2006 in response to a mandate resulting from the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 2005). The Council of Europe’s Strategy on the rights of the child 2012-2015 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe’s role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the previous policy cycles, the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community.

In the current strategy the programme focuses on the following four strategic objectives:

  1. promoting child-friendly services and systems;
  2. eliminating all forms of violence against children;
  3. guaranteeing the rights of children in vulnerable situations;
  4. promoting child participation.

Link Building a Europe for and with Children

Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community

Coe22.1-page-001This book reviews the highlights of the Council of Europe conference Local Partnerships for preventing and combating Violence at School (December, 2002). The conference discarded repression altogether as a means of curbing violence in schools. Instead, discussion focused on mediation, intercultural dialogue, early warning systems, prevention programmes at primary school level, and above all, on respect for the human rights of both the victim and the defender.

Link Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community

Link Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community  (PDF)

Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children

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The Council of Europe has launched the project ‘Building a Europe for and with children’ to focus on the respect for children’s dignity across Europe: to promote children’s rights and eradicate violence against children. The participation of children is essential in both dimensions. Compasito has an important role to play in this process. Based on the experiences of the highly acclaimed Human Rights Education Youth Programme of the Council’s youth sector, and the success of Compass, the manual on human rights education with young people’, Compasito provides children, educators, teachers and parents with activities and methods to introduce children to human rights in creative and attractive ways. The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.

This manual is a starting point: Compasito provides directions, but it is up to the children and those working with them to use it, and to use it in the best ways possible.

Link Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (Website)

Link Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (PDF)