The final Multiplier event of the project was held on 2nd October 2020 in Burgas. The interest towards the conference was extremely high, so the conference hall could not accommodate all those wishing to attend, and the hosts provided the terrace of the cultural center “Sea Casino”, which hosted more than 40 participants, who also had the opportunity to watch the presentations and the speeches. Thus, over 130 guests took part in the project Multiplier event, which we titled “Strategies and tools to limit aggressive behavior at school.” Among the numerous visitors were teachers from primary and secondary schools, school principals, pedagogical advisors, psychologists, university professors, students in pedagogy, experts from the Municipality of Burgas, as well as from the Local commissions for combating juvenile delinquency of minors from the cities of Burgas, Pomorie, Aheloy, Primorsko and others. Teachers from Plovdiv also took part, as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations working with children.
The event was opened by Maria Goranova, Chairman of the Board of NARHU and project coordinator, and an official greeting to the participants was given by the Secretary of the Local commissions for combating juvenile delinquency of minors of Burgas – Desislava Vasileva. The program continued with a presentation of the AVCA project and its final intellectual outputs, followed by a demonstration of the Online/mobile tool to assess the student’s exposure to violence. In addition to the presentation of the tool, Evgenia Petkova, who as a teacher has actively participated in its testing and shared her experience and impressions.
As part of the presentation of Intellectual Output 2 Handbook ““Violence Prevention in Schools”, our partner Karel Van Isaker from PhoenixKM spoke about the practices for successful coping with aggression in schools in Flanders, Belgium. An interesting focus in his presentation was the sharing of the Belgian experience in dealing with modern forms, such as cyberbullying.
In the 2nd part of the event included presentation of other initiatives related to the application of the principles of inclusive education and universal design of teaching, ensuring equal participation in the educational process of all students.
In the final part of the conference the possibilities for sustainable use of the results of the AVCA project were discussed with great interest on behalf of the experts working with children. Representatives of many schools and Local commissions for combating juvenile delinquency of minors declared their desire and willingness to use the tool and manual in their daily work with students. Shortly before the official closing, everyone united around the idea that when children feel respected and included in the group and the class, they themselves contribute to the favourable microclimate at school. The responsibility for the prevention of aggressive behaviour lies on teachers, parents and peers of vulnerable children. Everyone was unanimous that projects like AVCA are a decisive step towards reducing aggressive behaviour at school. After the official closing, the participants were invited to a short networking buffet to strengthen the contacts, as well as to continue the conversations in an informal atmosphere.
The event was held in compliance with all anti-epidemic measures against the spread of COVID-19, and the presentations can be downloaded from the website of NARHU. Full video can be found on AVCA Facebook page.