Is there violence in the Chilean classrooms? How have these difficulties been dealt with elsewhere in the world? Can there be any academic learning be achieved without a good atmosphere in school? Is physical violence a synonymous of bullying?
These were some of the questions discussed at the Conference on School Coexistence “Schools Without Violence” organized by the website educarchile and Fundación Chile’s Centro de Innovacion (Innovation Center) which called together national and international experts to reflect on one of the main pillars of education: coexistence in schools.
The activity, led by the Manager of Fundacion Chile’s Centro de Innovacion, Ana Maria Raad, counted with the presence of the international expert Phillip Slee, teacher, psychologist and director of the Flinders Centre of Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Research Centre at Flinders, who delved into the exclusion as a form of bullying not quite treated in our country.
In this vein, the Australian team of experts comprised of specialists Elizabeth Slee, Grace Skrzypiec, and Alison Wotherspoon explained that violence among students is not always physical or verbal, but is usually expressed through the segregation of students who, literally “are being left alone with no spaces to share with others.”
One of the tools to deal with this type of violence was delivered by Elizabeth Slee, a professor who invited the teachers within the audience, to create a book where students could anonymously express their problems and pains; thus their classmates could measure the reality of their environment.
The meeting, which packed Fundación Chile’s auditorium, also called on nationals Maria Ximena Bugueño, Chief of the Division of Communications and Complaints of the School Superintendency, and Mario Uribe, Fundación Chile’s Director of Management and School Management Program, who delved into the wide range of complaints about school violence in Chile and, correspondingly, in the new approach the SIMCE, an assessment that incorporates various indicators of school atmosphere.
Learn more about the specialists of Flinders University and the Chilean Maria Ximena Bugueño’s, downloading their presentations: Presentation of Flinders University and Superintendent of Education.