In 2010, a survey carried out by the Autonomous Federation of Education (FAE) indicated that 85 % of teachers claimed to be victims of psychological or verbal violence. Half claimed to have been the victim of physical violence. The FAE, which brings together nine education unions, yesterday launched a centralized register to document cases of violence at school.
“We are convinced that this measure will further encourage teachers to denounce situations of violence and intimidation suffered. Knowing that their complaint will be heard should motivate them to act. In addition, this measure should force the management to be more active and to stop trivializing these situations knowing that the information is now shared ”, indicated Pierre St-Germain, president of the AWF.
Despite the action plan launched by the government in 2008 and the recent announcement of Bill 56 aimed at combating bullying and violence at school, the AWF believes that a lot remains to be done. "Little has been done in terms of prevention or in terms of assistance, support or protection measures for victims or witnesses," one said in a press release.
The AWF is also launching the awareness campaign Don't touch my teacher to “break the wall of silence”. In addition, young people will be invited to participate in the competition. Don't be shy when you're intimidating. They will be invited to submit awareness-raising projects or projects aimed at providing solutions to create a more harmonious and respectful climate at school. The deadline for entries is May 23, 2012. Prizes with a value ranging from 100 $ to 400 $ will be offered to the winners.
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