The Diana Award are one of the 6 partners who make up the consortium for the two year EU-wide anti-bullying project called ENABLE. Among other activities, this project will see us role out SEL and peer to peer anti-bullying training and resources for staff, young people and parents in schools across the EU from January 2016 . Stay tuned if your school would like to be involved! You can read about our involvement in the project here.
On the 11th March Tessy and Ellie headed to Athens with the 5 other ENABLE partners from Denmark, Belgium, Greece, Croatia and the UK to launch the project through a two day conference at what has to be the conference venue with the best view I've ever seen (see below)! The event brought together students, teachers, experts in the industry and policy makers from across the world. Having so many people from different countries with different areas of expertise all in the same room was incredibly exciting.
The two days were spent informing participants about the project, but also holding various working groups to get their feedback on anti-bullying approaches they have come across, and what elements they would like to see included in the project. They also helped us to talk through some of the challenges the project faces eg, creating resources and training which takes into account the different country cultures.
Participants were also given the opportunity to ask questions to the project's Think Tank who have years of expertise in this area and include:
- David Finklehor, Crimes against Children Research Center, USA
- Marc Brackett, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, USA
- Sonia Livingstone, EU KidsOnline, UK
- Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF, Syria
- Donna Cross, Telethon Kids Institute, Australia
- Martin Schmalzried, COFACE, Czech Republic
- Susan Flocken, ETUCE, Belgium
- Sonia Seixas, Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Portugal
- Alessandro Bencivenni, ProfDigitale, Italy
- Robertas Povilatiis, Child Line, Lithuania
- Helle Rabøl Hansen, Aarhus University, Denmark
- Jette Kofoed, Aarhus University, Denmark
Stay tuned for opportunities within the ENABLE project...
Over the summer we will be looking for teachers or people who work in the field of education who would like to receive training to become certified ENABLE trainers in the SEL and Peer to Peer Mentoring resources and training workshops we create through the project. We will also be looking for schools who would like to receive training from the ENABLE trainers. There will not be a cost for training or resources.
As part of the ENABLE project there has been extensive research done into the prevalence of bullying in each of the EU countries we'll be working in and also research on anti-bullying approaches which have been effective. The research summary will be released shortly.