PGLPEHT- Yambol is the first winner in the national competition "School without violence and gender based stereotypes" for 2014
Gender Education, Research and Technology Foundation and the National Network for children (NNC) worked for a year on the initiative of awarding the label "School without violence and gender based stereotypes". The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES). 101 schools across the country took a part and sent their questionnaires for self-assessment, entering the competition for the label "School without violence and gender based stereotypes". Each school was evaluated according to the following criteria:
I. The school is working on the theme of "Gender Equality";
II. The school is working on the prevention of violence, incl. gender-based violence;
III. The school is working actively with the parents and has an active School Board;
IV. Completeness and meatiness of the responses in the survey.
After the evaluation of all questionnaires GERT Foundation and the NNC team selected 12 schools that satisfied to the maximum of the 4 criteria. MES selected a team for monitoring and evaluation of the candidates for the label, consisting of experts from the MES, NNC and GERT. Three teams were composed who visited all the 12 schools finalists and met with school principals, representatives of the teaching staff and groups of students from each school, and held detailed discussions on the theme of the contest and the contents of the completed questionnaires.
Conversations and discussions with the management of the schools and the students aimed to enable the teams to get an idea of the spirit in the schools and on the compliance of the attitudes and perceptions of teachers and students on the topics.
After analyzing all the data and expert evaluation of the results, the team selected the Vocational High School of Light Industry, Ecology and Chemical Technology from the city of Yambol as a winner of the label "School without violence and gender based stereotypes".
Runner-ups and also carriers of the title for 2013/2014 are the following five schools:
"Angel Karaliychev" Secondary School, Strajitsa
"Bacho Kiro" Secondary School, Pavlikeni
Vocational High School of Clothing "Nedka Ivan Lazarova", Ruse
Primary School "Stefan Karadja" Iskra village, municipality of Sitovo, reg. Silistra
"St. Paissiy Hilendarski" Secondary School, Haskovo
On June 3rd, 2014 in the building of the Ministry of Education and Science was held the official award ceremony of the winning schools at which the winners received their plaquettes, and through them the label "School without violence and gender based stereotypes".
The whole team for monitoring and evaluation of candidates was very impressed by the diversity of existing initiatives in the country and the good practices aiming to achieve school environment free of violence and stereotypes in which reign tolerance for diversity and respect for the school as an institution. The visits to the schools-finalists and the conversations with the pedagogical staff and the children were very informative and inspiring and showed that in Bulgaria there are many good practices in schools that deserve to be displayed, shared and promoted. The team of GERT foundation and NNC hopes that this initiative will help improving both the equity and the overall climate in schools in Bulgaria and also that the initiative will be supported in the future, so that the efforts of other schools can be evaluated in order to make children feel the school as their own territory.