About 95,000 Albanian students are victims of bullyism, a national plan is urgently required

About 95,000 Albanian students are victims of bullyism, a national plan is urgently required
 
 Bullying, or aggressive harmful behaviors in schools, is a worldwide phenomenon and as such is present in Albania. Violence within the walls of elementary schools and gymnasiums is at alarming levels.

It is evidenced that 1 in 5 children in pre-university education in Albaniay is prone to bullying.

“So if we have 480,000 children in Albania today, who are part of one in pre-university education, about 95,000 of them are prone to violence in schools. Bullying is a form of violence and manifests itself in several forms. May appear like putting nicknames that students put on each other and forgetting that a nickname on a friend is a form of bullying. Bullism comes in both verbal and physical form, it is the most widespread phenomenon in the Albanian schools.

Bullying also comes as a result of changes in the environment, such as arriving in the capital or moving from one city to another, from a deep mountainous area or ethnicity, socio-economic conditions. So if not all measures are taken to combat the phenomenon of violence and bullying in our schools, how will we provide students with quality education?” Said Linda Pino - national coordinator of the education coalition - in an interview to BW.


Psychologists became part of Albanian schools for the first time in 2013. According to Pino, their role is not always functional and efficient. Meanwhile, the deployment of security police for the first time in the 150 gymnasiums across the country gives hope that the situation will improve.

In 2016, the Ministry of Education drafted an initiative with civil society to prevent violence and bullying in schools, but today the campaigns against violence and bullying are localized. A national plan is urgently required.

Experts recommend not only the attention of the teacher but also that of parents in taking immediate measures to avoid the long-term consequences for children and adolescents.
About 95,000 Albanian students are victims of bullyism, a national plan is urgently required About 95,000 Albanian students are victims of bullyism, a national plan is urgently required Sunday, September 29, 2019 Rating: 5
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