Peer violence represents a global problem, which seriously impacts the health and education of young people. This project aimed to develop capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the overall local community’s response to providing safeguarding mechanisms to students at primary and secondary schools in Montenegro.
During its implementation period, it helped improve legal framework in the fight against peer violence through: preparation of National Action Plan for Fight Against Peer Violence and local action plans in municipalities Berane, Kolasin and Herceg Novi; and improvement and distribution of the guidelines “Division of responsibilities and actions for the purpose of prevention and in cases of violence and vandalism” to all elementary and secondary schools in Montenegro, as well as amendment to school statutes with introduction of possibility of school principal’s removal from the position, if he/she fails to implement the guidelines.
Also, through this project were established national SOS helpline for reporting peer violence, managed by the Ministry of Education; the National Team for Fight against Peer Violence, to respond and proceed the cases of peer violence; Clubs of parents, children and teachers to help prevent peer violence in at least five schools; and school teams for reporting on the activities related to peer violence.
It helped create information system MEIS for recording peer violence cases per school; and licensed training program for professional workers for acting in cases of unacceptable behavior with children and youth. Additionally, the Institute for Textbook Publishing and Teaching Aids included in the Teaching Guidelines for the subject Nature and Society for the 4th grade a social experiment conducted within the project, as material that children should watch together with teachers, when dealing with the topic of equality and tolerance.
Thanks to this project were raised awareness on peer violence in the country and capacities of 8 CSOs in relation to peer violence through sub-granting scheme: