The kick-off meeting of the Daphne Project "Anti-bullying strategies in schools" was held at the offices of "Icaro" Academic and Research Centre in Santa Maria Capua Vetere on Thursday, 6th November 2014. The project "Anti-bullying strategies in schools" is financed by the European Commission with the aim to prevent and tackle the growing of violence against children. Coordinated by " Icaro", a non-profit Consortium of Social Cooperatives, it will design and implement a new anti-bullying programme in schools from the five EU countries which take part in the partnership.

The meeting was coordinated by "Icaro" and involved A.N.S.I.- the National Association of Italian Schools of Villa Literno and some representatives of European organizations: Chris Gittings and Philip Garner, co-directors of the NCfLB -Northampton Centre for Learning Behavior, two members of ISJP- a Romanian Regional School Inspectorate under the authority of the Ministry of Education, a teacher of Geography and a psychologist from the Slovenian Primary School "OS AM Slomšek Vrhnika" and a member of CECE- The Spanish Confederation of Educational and Training Centres (International Department Relations).

The day was organized in different steps: in the morning the Project Manager presented the Project itself and the Partnership, in the afternoon a discussion about making a financial plan and a balance sheet was opened.

Key areas of action were identified:
  • To be aware of the effects of violence on children among all stakeholders
  • Identify ten areas to talk about bullying in schools with regard to the concerns of children, parents, teachers and the community
  • Produce a draft training programme and a school self-review project
  • Establish contact with the five project schools and create a platform to put information in, share practices and compare outcomes
  • Construct an interview schedule based on the ten areas and collect feedback to be compared with other countries
  • Review of the current "state of the art" in bullying programmes in EU
  • Collect a database of educational materials and programme resources for the schools to adapt and apply according to their needs
  • Plan a "cascade" training programme for school leaders of bullying reduction
  • Design an on-line school self-review instrument for anti- bullying
  • Create an atmosphere of "convivencia" to deal with the problem
It was decided that the work should be done using good evidential theory and in accordance with some important working principles: to use Basecamp to upload documents, communicate regularly and respond to all requests, provide honest feedback, highlight any problem immediately to avoid misunderstanding, try to keep to deadlines, work collaboratively at all times. Collaboration is the key to success.

Gazzetta di Caserta del 13 novembre 2014