WHAT IS MEAN “BULLYING”?
Bullying has become one of the most serious problems that truly needs to be solved. Every year there is a great number of children struggling with violent actions by their classmates. A report conducted by Plan International shows that 246 million children and teenagers face violence in and around school every year.
In fact, bullying can be categorised into numerous actions; for example, physical harm, excluding from friends, spreading negative rumours, destroying property and so on. In Thailand, nonetheless, bullying is often seen as only children’s quarrelling or rough playing. As a result, teachers turn a blind-eye toward bullying as they consider it a part of children’s lives. And in some situations, when teachers do take action against the bullies, their actions are usually in the form of strong statement that possibly results in ongoing bullying instead of stopping it.
To deal with bullying in schools, the project “Kla Tum Dee” uses the process of positive engagement of children at the early age to build positive relations with friends of diverse backgrounds, orientations, and physical/mental compositions. We also use the concept “We all can build the hero within ourselves and help others from bullying (and other forms of violence).” The approach includes understanding ourselves and instilling the principle that we can empower our self-esteem though positive action, understanding others and accepting diversity including gender equalities, and building leadership qualities and teamwork skills.
The goal of this project is to help children grow up to be socially and physically healthy youth/adults that are socially minded and helpful to one another.
Three main objectives of the project include reducing bullying behaviours and increasing supportive behaviours among one another ( Children aged 9-12years), guiding teachers to adopt effective practices to help victims of bullying and aggressive bullies at school, and building a network of support to reduce bullying and violence in schools.
- 30 small primary schools with the children of the ages 9-12 years. Most of the schools are located in border provinces or highland mountainous areas. These schools have a total of about 3,000 students