Preventing Youth Violence and Managing Conflicts
Teachers truly are the backbone of society. They are role models for children, offer guidance and dedication and give young people the power of education. Because of teachers, countries like North Macedonia are able to further develop socially and economically. But in the classroom where teachers are every day in contact with the young children, every minute is valuable. They are facing the challenge of effectively allocating their instructional time and effort. Balancing curriculum planning, student assessment, and engaging activities can quickly become overwhelming without sufficient support. Today in school violence & bullying is affecting both children as well as teachers. It is time consuming and creates conflicts that can last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, not all teachers are educated and well trained in order to cope with all the challenges that are happening in the schoolroom and in the school yard. Therefore SUNA Healthy Life at the beginning of the school year 2023/2024 has started the project HealthyME first with the teachers training program. So from 13 to 15 September 2023 in hotel Mizo, Ohrid there have been two days of training for twenty teachers from two primary schools from the municipality of Kisela Voda (OU Kiril Pejcinovic and OU Krume Kepeski). They actively participated in the training in order to gain know-how and skills based knowledge in order to recognize, address and prevent peer violence and conflict. The goal of this activity was to strengthen teachers' capacities for supervision and care of the physical and emotional well-being of the pupils in order to become their real support. The training was led by the thematic expert Mr. Zoran Stojkovski
School violence has been reported as a global phenomenon affecting many core institutions across North Macedonia and the world in general. Violence is a universal phenomenon that is inherent in social relations and might occur in various settings. Since school is a social institution where relationships are being formed, violence is an integral part of it and the teachers have primary role as a mediator in conflict resolution.. Peer violence is most common among children aged 10 and older, as the teachers concluded on the end of this training. Peer Violence that they are facing includes bullying or repeated physical, psychological, or social violence, but often peer violence takes place not only in schools but also in other settings where children gather, as well as online.
The long-lasting negative impacts of school violence are clear: Evidence shows that victims of school bullying are at increased risk of low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, as well as lower wealth and social-relationship outcomes in adulthood. In addition to the negative impacts on children's health and well-being, peer violence can hinder children's ability to learn and excel academically..
We believe that with this project we are giving a chance to the teachers and children to become more aware of the mental health issues as well as the peer violence. We thoroughly believe that it is essential to start with education from the teachers in order to raise their capacity, both in terms of time and resources, in order to ensure that all children receive high-quality support and education that will help them in their further life.
HealthyME! financial is supported from EU project: "Technical assistance for improving the enabling environment for Civil Society Organizations in the Republic of North Macedonia", with Identification Number: EuropeAid/140131/DH/SER/MK implemented by the CPM Consulting International