UAE schools which prevent bullying to be honoured

Supreme Council for Childhood and Motherhood Bullying Prevention Programme

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ABU DHABI 222 May 2017: The Supreme Council for Childhood and Motherhood will honour schools that participated in its Bullying Prevention Programme next Wednesday.

School committees participating in the programme were composed of a social worker, a nurse, a school activities officer and a school under-secretary, in schools selected by the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Ministry of Education.

The committees were trained on the types of bullying, early detection methods, ways of intervention and implementing the programme at schools using two manuals on social skills and anti-bullying, which were developed by Unicef. Some 130 teachers benefited from this programme in the selected schools, as well as 1,793 students, with 52 per cent being female students and 48 per cent being male students, in the 2015-2016 school year.

The event is under the patronage of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said Wam.

The ceremony will take place in Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), Gulf Area Office.

Reem Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, said that the council will honour 63 national schools that participated in the programme, implemented by the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, in the presence of Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, and Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, as well as several officials.

She added that the programme targeted students, school principals, academic supervisors and nurses, and is the first programme of its kind in the Arab region that advocates protecting students, as well as teaching them good behaviour and how to avoid activities that might harm their education.

Al Falasi said that the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood implemented the first phase of the programme, in cooperation with the Unicef Gulf Area Office and coordination with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, in several public and private schools during the previous school year, while increasing the number of participating schools in the current school year.

Representatives from the Supreme Council for Childhood and Motherhood and the Unicef office will present two reports on the programme’s successful results. Both reports will highlight the decrease in the number of students exposed to bullying, those who practised bullying and the number of students who did not feel safe at school, as well as an increase in positive social relations between students.

By Sheena Amos