Bullying is serious problem in schools and it occurs throughout the world. In the Global Status Report,it is stated that 246 million children experience bullying every year. According to ISPCC report,1 in 5 young people across Europe have been bullied either online or offline.In the study of EU 'How to prevent and tackle bullying and school violence' , in Lithuania ,the rate of bullying is 32%,In Romania and Bulgaria it’s 35%, in Turkey 31% ,in Poland 15%. In addition to that at schools:In Lithuanian partner, 34 in 100 students have experienced a bullying.In Turkey it is 36 and 23,In Bulgaria 40, in Romania 43 and in Poland it is 23.These high rates forced us to tackle with the problem in our schools and at local level.Those who are bullied are more likely to be depressed ,to be unable to concentrate in class, to attempt suicide, to be afraid to go to school or to leave school.So we shouldn’t see bullying as a typical 'kids’ thing' to be ignored. We believe that bullying is promoted
in an environment in which the problem is not taken seriously and that bullying can be reduced in an environment in which there is a consensus that any type of bullying will not be tolerated.In our Project aims to foster the cooperation among school staff, parents ,students and local authorities to have a common understanding of the problem and to see bullying as a serious issue. As indicated above the problem is a main challenge that all countries have to deal with to make schools safer places to learn and interact positively with others.To achieve this, we will exchange opinions and good practises with partner schools which have been tackling with the bullying phenomenon in the European aspect.We will focus on teenagers between 14-18 years old. Our project aims;to reduce the bullying rates in the communities involved in the project by the help of an efficient anti-bullying programme, to foster the values of concern for others, respect for human rights, and a culture of peace and nonviolence,to develop an awareness in the society about bullying, to improve the ICT skills and linguistic competence and group working skills,to encourage our students to express themselves ,gain selfesteem and take a stand against any type of bullying using creative activities like drama and making short films and to implement the European dimension amongst participants, encourage them for internationalization ,being openminded.In our project, we will promote open communication at schools and at home, because the victims of bullying tends to hide their experiences from adults,To stop bullying we should encourage the victims to share their experience and we can do this by enhancing their self esteem.
We are six partners in this project:
1.The coordinator Zespol Szkol Zawodowych in Wabrzezno from Poland is a technical college and vocational school that provides technical classes like logistics, mechatronics, mechanics, tourism management, hotel management, vocational ones.
2. Sarayönü Mehmet Emine Akdoğan Anadolu Lisesi from Turkey is a public High School for pupils aged between 14-18.
3. Liceul Tehnologic Vladeni from Romania provides education to 920 students out of which 112 students in the lower and upper secondary levels and 221 in the professional fields.
4. Kelmes specialioji mokykla is a special school which provides primary and basic special education for 7-21 years old SEN persons in Lithuania.
5. Profesionalna gimnaziya po selsko stopanstvo I transport “N.Y. Vapcarov” from Bulgaria is a voc. The other short-term exchanges of groups of pupils will be in Bulgaria on 'Drama for overcoming bullying behaviour' .
6. Muharrem Hasbi Anadolu Lisesi is a high school in Balıkesir which is a city in the west of Turkey. In the school there are 550 students aged 14-18 and 41 teachers.
Most of the staff have enough experience and got training on project management to coordinate an international project. As a short term joint-staff training, In Romania,a seminar 'What can teachers / parents do to stop bullying and cyber bullying?' will be given to the participants.We will prepare leaflets and deliver to the school and local community.Our second joint staff training event will be held in Poland abort 'Character Education' .We will ensure the school community to interiorise the virtues by creating touchstones expressing the core values that our students agreed upon using sentences like 'We respect each other.' /'We treat each other as we wanted to be treated'. Experts say that; 'A bully is five times more likely to have a serious criminal record by the time he or she reaches the age of 30.' So, if we do not stop it at school age by engaging in collective action, that behavior extends into adultlife. This means that our project is expected to have a longlife impact on students and society.