WORKSHOPS - Anti-Bullying (Ages 12-14)

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Intro

This Caravan is a unique awareness activity focused on the issue of school-based violence and bullying. By creating a space where grade 7 and 8 students can speak openly, the workshop is intended to raise their awareness and mobilize them to break the cycle of violence around them.

The workshop’s goal is to show the extent to which violence affects all of us and that each and every one of us has the power to intervene to improve the school climate.

Our experienced facilitators lead students to reflect on the phenomenon of violence in all its forms and consequences. Using videoclips and games, we address the trivialization of violence head-on by opening up a dialogue, giving them a new understanding of the issues relating to our behaviour and their effects on our peers. The young students are then asked to explore their ability to empathize and develop their critical thinking in light of certain behaviour and to focus on the positive initiatives they themselves can implement to improve the climate of their school.

Rather than using a traditional victim-bully approach, our workshop concentrates on the key role of witnesses and what they can do to curb violence in their school. Our goal is to reverse the students’ defeatist attitude by showing them that where violence is concerned even small gestures can make a big difference.

Format

The workshop is supplemented by giant, illustrated panels that set the scene in which the facilitators host each group. The workshop lasts an entire class period, i.e., 50 to 75 minutes. The Tolerance Caravan team can host up to 15 groups per week.

Impact

After our involvement, we note the following among students:

  • A greater understanding of their own stereotypes and prejudices from a much more critical viewpoint;
  • A greater sense of empathy and an increased ability to peacefully assert themselves;
  • 70% of students are committed to fighting bullying in their school;
  • 75% of students feel that they are better informed and better equipped to deal with harassment whether as witnesses or victims.

For more information, contact us at info@ensemble-rd.com or phone 514 842-4848.