Thursday, 29 January 2009

Teaching young to take on bullies

Filed under: children and youth,Nonviolence,Restorative justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:15 PDT

MORE than 1,000 students are taking part in an anti-bullying week at the Bahrain Bayan School (BBS), Isa Town. They will be wearing pink as it concludes today as a stance against bullying.

The tradition of wearing pink goes back two years to when two Canadian teenagers were praised across America for the way they turned the tide against bullies, who picked on a fellow student for wearing the colour pink.

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School cops are proving a success

Filed under: children and youth,Restorative justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 14:09 PDT

It is just over two years since police officers started working in schools in the city as part of a pilot project to crackdown on bullying and anti-social behaviour.

PC Pippa Hind and PC Trevor Eves are familiar faces to pupils at two Norwich schools and have helped to make it a safer environment for both pupils and teachers.

PC Eves said his work revolved around behaviour and attendance and low-level bullying…

He said: “We do a lot of work with the youth offending team as well and one of the way forwards we have been pioneering is restorative justice principles within the schools.

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Birmingham, UK | Restorative Approaches in Education and Residential Child Care Conference

Filed under: children and youth,Restorative justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:31 PDT

5th Annual Restorative Approaches in Education and Residential Child Care Conference.
26 Feb 2009 – 27 Feb 2009
Developing an emotionally literate response to disruption, conflict and anti-social behaviour.

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Fresno Pacific University, California: Restorative Justice Conference TBA, 12 Feb 2009 – 14 Feb 2009 Sponored by the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

Filed under: Restorative justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 13:14 PDT

13th Restorative Justice Conference at Fresno Pacific University
12 Feb 2009 – 14 Feb 2009
Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

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Integrated schools show the way in Northern Ireland

Filed under: children and youth,Europe — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:33 PDT

While the Catholic Church across Ireland is promoting its own schools this week, integrated education campaigners in the North are working to build community schooling that crosses religious and other divides.

The underpinning principle of ‘integrated education’ is the belief that by bringing Catholics, Protestants and children of other faiths and none together, in a shared learning environment, they can learn to understand, respect and accept each other better than in strongly denominational schools.

Guinea-Bissau: Building a Real Stability Pact

Filed under: Africa files — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:31 PDT

The November 2008 legislative elections were an important test for Guinea-Bissau, whose transition to democratic rule badly needed impetus. It was uncertain whether they would take place until the last minute, but they were praised by both citizens and international observers. Still, that is not enough to guarantee either stability or movement on badly needed institutional reform.

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Eleven Australian Research Papers up on the web

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Dispute resolution and negotiation — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:30 PDT

The Australian National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council’s Compendium of Research Papers (full text [pdf]) presented at the 2007 National ADR Research Forum in Melbourne just up on the web…

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Maliki: Constitution is the only recourse, elections guarantee Iraq unity

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:17 PDT

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday said that the constitution is the only recourse and elections are a strong guarantee for the “unity and sovereignty of our country,” noting “today’s Iraq is not that one of yesterday”…

“Elections would guarantee the unity, sovereignty, power sharing and elimination of sectarianism,” he added, noting that the power of Iraq “is not with its military might and aggression on neighbors but rather with its internal unity”.

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Peace in Mindanao: No Other Option

Filed under: News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:15 PDT

It’s easy to argue that renewed fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines since the breakdown of the formal peace process in August last year means there is little chance of a peace deal between the two sides…

But this alarmist view ignores genuine efforts on both sides since then to restart the process.

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Cambodia tribunal dispute runs deeper

Filed under: Cambodia,Transitional Justice — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 10:12 PDT

PHNOM PENH – At first glance it seems to be simply a numbers game: whether to try 5, 10 or more defendants for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people at the hands of the Khmer Rouge three decades ago.

But as a United Nations-backed tribunal prepares to hold its first trial session next month, it is embroiled in a wrangle over numbers that goes to the heart of longstanding concerns about the tribunal’s fairness and independence…

After a decade of difficult and not always friendly negotiations between the United Nations and the Cambodians, a hybrid tribunal is in place, with Cambodian and foreign co-prosecutors and panels of co-judges in an awkward political and legal balancing act.

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Everyone Should Be Responsible…(except the aid agencies)

Filed under: Books, reports, sites, blogs,Humanitarian work,News Watch Blog — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:50 PDT

Today, I foist a new blog called Aid Watch on the blogosphere. The objective is to be brutally honest when aid is not helping the poor, but also praising it when it is.

Alas, there is far to go.

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