Lead partner. Hallgarten-Franchetti Centro Studi Villa Montesca – Italy
The Hallgarten Franchetti Centro Studi Villa Montesca Foundation (FCSVM) is internationally renowned for top quality research and training in European research and cooperation, design of innovative education and training methods and approaches, Cultural and social promotion, information technology and communication, new combinations of didactics and technology, education for European integration and cooperation in the field of education at local, regional and European level. By Villa Montesca, in 1909 Maria Montessori organized the seminar that gave birth to the first publication of the scientific pedagogic method universally known as the ‘Montessori Method’. The aim of the Foundation activities is to help establish an efficient educational system which can help to overcome the barriers to education, speed up the recognition of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non-formal approaches to encourage an active participation in the learning process also by those people who, owing to marginalization, may be excluded from it. One of the main achievements pursued is to enhance and promote an holistic and flexible approach to education, sustaining the different actors of the Educating Community in their effort to make education inclusive and democratic. Thanks to SAFER project, teachers students parents and the Educating Community as a whole will participate to the development of programmes addressing bullying from their peculiar perspectives and will test the materials in a piloting experience during an entire school year.
Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS Srl – Italy
Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS is the Italian leading publisher of psychodiagnostic tests and tools, in term of catalogue, history and specific market. Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS operates in the sector of psychological assessment, vocational education and training, multimedia and e-learning, consulting and assessment of competencies, developing tools and innovative methods for different areas of application, such as clinical (clinical and health psychology, psychiatry and child neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, logopedics etc.), human resources management: industrial and organisational psychology; education and guidance: tests for level assessment, diagnosis of learning difficulties, educational, professional and university guidance. The commitment of Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS is to offer tools and services of a really high quality, in terms of innovation, scientific contents and relevance, according to the different social and cultural contexts. In particular Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS can provides education and training, e-learning, consulting in the IT and e-learning field, assessment of competencies, selection and guidance. Within SAFER, Giunti PSYCHOMETRICS is in charge of the preparation phase, providing guidance and practical indications for preparing the phase of implementation in schools and preparing and analysing the scenario-based biographic questionnaire. As part of Giunti Group Publisher, the third Italian publisher, Giunti PSYCHOMETRIC guarantee not only a scientific rigorous and high quality to the materials developed, but also a solid communication and mainstreaming of SAFER activities, being able to reach about 200.000 teachers of primary and secondary 1st level schools.
The Cyprus Observatory on School Violence – C.O.S.V., Cyprus Pedagogical Institute – Cyprus
The Cyprus Observatory on School Violence (C.O.S.V.) functions under the auspices of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, that is the official department of the Ministry of Education and Culture Sport and Youth, which runs teachers’ professional development. The main purpose of C.O.S.V. is the implementation of a safe and friendly school environment for all members of the school community. C.O.S.V. empowers teachers and students on preventing and responding to school violence with in-service teachers’ training seminars on a school basis and provides support to schools on making and implementing their own policies. Furthermore, through initiating national competitions amongst schools, encourage, promotes and disseminates the “Good Practices. Finally, it collaborates with all stakeholders involved in the prevention of school violence. In 2017, C.O.S.V. designed the National Strategy for Preventing and Responding to School Violence, which is currently being implemented. As part of its implementation MOECSY is conducting a large scale Research that seeks to monitor the phenomenon of violence at school, identify needs and evaluate the effectiveness of existing interventions / programs in order to make research-based decisions and, in general, to formulate effective policy. This research is the first step in the effort to reduce violence in the Cypriot population and is the first research to be addressed to all schools in Cyprus, as it includes data collection for three (3) consecutive years (2020-2023) from all Public and Private schools in Cyprus, of all levels.
Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) – North Macedonia
Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) is a non-governmental, non-profit youth-led organization focused on many aspects which are of interest for young people: from provision of services and information, to research and support for policy-making and networking. CID is working to create diverse responsible and cooperative communities, where citizens are actively contributing to the social development and integration. CID mission is to ensure sustainable community development by creating opportunities for quality engagement of civil society, advancing learning opportunities and active involvement of young people and other citizens. CID has developed partnerships with youth organizations and other institutions working with youth on European as well as on global level: it is a member of 6 international networks: Youth for Exchange and Understanding, Service Civil International, UNOY, DYPALL Network, CIVICUS as well as a supporter of UNITED for intercultural action. CID is also involved in general mobility of teachers, school support staff, and people on the labour market. Additionally, CID offers international volunteering opportunities through summer camps and long term volunteering in Europe and globally. On policy-making level, CID is present in the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe. CID is also member of the No Hate Speech Campaign which gathers young people interested in tacking hate speech: several local initiatives (meetings with stakeholders, trainings, workshops, advocacy campaigns) are organized on local level around North Macedonia. In this field, CID is committed to strengthen national capacity to tackle hate crime and hate speech, reducing the level of acceptance of hate speech among young people by raising awareness on the negative implications of hate speech and hate crimes and by educating youngsters to be positive multipliers and activists.
Roditeli Association – Bulgaria.
The main objectives of the Roditeli organization are the development and promotion of the idea of positive parenthood as a major value in society and family as the natural environment for raising and educating children. The team of the association achieves the organization goals through development, implementation and dissemination of regional and national policies aiming at the prevention of all forms of violence against and from children; the promotion of family values among children, shaping positive attitudes to charity and voluntary work; a robust environmental education for children; the promotion of mass children’s sports and activities in the field of arts; the contribution to the development of children’s health, respect for the rights of the child as a patient, prevention of childhood diseases; the fight against pornography, gambling and antisocial behaviours in children; and the development of civic consciousness and socially responsible behaviour in children through informal and formal forms of education. Roditeli is also committed to encourage the engagement of fathers and other significant male caregivers to be more actively involved in their children’s lives.
Universidade do Algarve (UA) – Portugal
The University of Algarve (UAlg) is a Portuguese public higher education institution founded in 1979, located in the southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve. With more than 8000 students registered in 2019/20 of which 25% of students are international, UAlg has teaching and research as its core activities in different scientific areas: science and technology, management and economy, earth and marine sciences, social sciences and more recently health. UAlg offers 49 undergraduate and 90 postgraduate programmes (69 MSc and 21 PhD) and has a permanent teaching and research staff of 809 people that developed a significant number of research projects. The scientific groundwork of UAlg along with all international cooperation projects and research work aim at developing innovative ideas that contribute to the excellence of the University. In terms of mobility programmes, UAlg takes part in the Erasmus programme since 1993 and holds an Erasmus Charter. The internationalization of UAlg is well proven with the successful coordination and partnerships in numerous projects and networks in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme (KA1, KA2 and KA3, but also under other projects. UAlg has also signed more than 400 bilateral agreements with HEIs all over the world.
European Anti-Bullying Network (EAN) – Belgium
The European Antibullying Network (EAN), created in January 2013 in the framework of the homonym EU-funded project, was officially established in Brussels, Belgium as an international non-profit-making association in March 2015. EAN is an active network of organizations working in and across Europe to combat the phenomenon of bullying and school violence by bringing together stakeholders working in prevention and intervention. The EAN network currently brings together 20 members from 14 European countries. The members of the network are engaged in the areas of prevention of and tackling bullying in all its various forms and have demonstrated significant experience in the implementation of European projects against bullying. The distinguished Professor of Psychology and world leading expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, Dan Olweus, serves as an Honorary Member of the Board, as does Prof. Peter Smith, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. The association has the following non-profit-making, internationally useful objectives: to produce, develop and share information on policies and good practices in relation to bullying and school violence; to enforce capacity building of its members through the exchange of good practices, sharing of expertise and implementation of trainings/workshops etc; to empower children and youth as well as parents and teachers on how to respond to the phenomena of bullying/school violence; to raise public awareness with regards to prevention and response to bullying/school violence; to monitor and influence policies at national and European level by drafting recommendations to international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations; and to develop partnerships among members in European countries as well as partnerships with other European associations working at the relevant field.
EAN reaches its goals through activities such as launching of informative and awareness raising campaigns at national and EU level; the facilitation of meetings for the members at a bilateral and multilateral level in order to exchange information, good practices and experiences and enforce their capacity building; the creation of tools useful to the members as well as to the members’ beneficiaries at a second level; the organization of international conferences, seminars, trainings and other events; the participation in conferences, seminars, trainings and other events; the creation of common advocacy at national, European and international levels; the conduction of researches in fields related to bullying and school violence in cooperation with research institutions, educational centres or Universities. EAN contributes to SAFER project drafting a Good Practice Guide, an interactive application for smartphones and a TV documentary in 7 EU languages (Greek, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, English, German and French) which aimed at raising awareness among the public.
Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Crete – Greece
The Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs formulates and implements legislation, administers the budget, coordinates and supervises its decentralized services, approves primary and secondary school curricula and appoints teaching staff. There are thirteen Regional Education Directorates under the Minister of Education implementing educational policy and linking local agents to central services and organizations. They are responsible for the administration and supervision of other decentralized services in their area, as well as for the coordination of local School Advisors. One of the Directorate is the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education in Crete, is a large educational organization in Greece which is responsible for schools and teachers in four Prefectures, Heraklion, Rethimnon Chania and Lasithi. It is in charge of 1100 schools of both levels of education (Primary Education : 866 schools; Secondary Education : 234 schools: 117 junior high schools – 74 high schools – 43 vocational schools) and also a number of 12445 teachers of all disciplines work in these schools (Primary Education : 6460 teachers; Secondary Education: 5985 teachers). The total number of students in the region of Crete is 98552, divided into 54065 students for primary and 44487 students for secondary education. The main task of Regional Directorate is to co-ordinate, supplement, back up and implement the educational policies of the Ministry, along with supervising the implementation of various education projects, like European projects, in schools.