ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN PROJECT
The All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition speaks to managing diversities in the classroom. in commemoration of the United Nation’s Anti-Bullying Day – celebrated on May 4th – around the world, each school is required to develop an Anti-Bullying Campaign under the theme: All Different, All Equal.
Disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, race, religion are all unique and personal characteristics that form the basis of one’s identity. Rather than isolate, the education and teaching-learning curriculum ought to embrace these distinct differences in the classroom as part of the lived human experiences of learning and knowledge sharing to benefit all students. Incorporating the knowledge and lessons from this rich diversity as part of the school climate and student curriculum has the potential to mitigate many of the tensions and conflict students may face which results in bullying and violence being reported across secondary schools.
This project draws on the belief that students should be empowered to create a culture change in their schools to foster respect, compassion and acceptance despite distinct differences. The intention here is to allow students to address concerns relating to bullying and violence from their unique vantage point – as perpetrator and victim – and to develop their own policies, projects, proposals and programs to mitigate violence in their schools, with guidance from their teachers.
The All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition aims to help change the culture of bullying. It is our intent to create greater awareness about bullying behaviours to eliminate bullying and harassment, while providing a safe learning environment for all students. We must get young people and school administrators to holistically understand bullying – defining bullying in all its forms and identifying bullying behaviours – and implement preventative measures to combat bullying.
The Silver Lining Foundation’s All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition is aimed at encouraging and working with Secondary Schools to develop anti-bullying policies to support students, creating greater awareness about bullying behaviours in efforts to eliminate bullying and harassment, while providing a safe learning environment for all.
The project takes a multi-dimensional approach to understanding bullying, creating awareness for bullying and bullying prevention. This project will build on existing curriculum activities and will introduce the use of healthy dialogue to show that young people understand bullying and its effects. Together with art as a medium of expression, the project is intended to holistically address the problem of bullying and allow students the opportunity to develop solutions to this problem.
We are looking to see the creative approaches schools adopt to discuss and address bullying. This can take the form of a peer support network/anti-bullying club, safe spaces, classroom discussions, assembly lectures, student anti-bullying pledge declarations, or any school project that engages students to develop activities to address and combat bullying. Schools are asked to document this through images and videos which will be included in the final report of the school’s anti-bullying campaign.
- Increase awareness of the effects of school bullying and violence among the student population.
- Develop positive solutions to combat and mitigate violence occurring at schools.
- Create understanding and knowledge regarding the different types of bullying, how it occurs, who it affects and why we need to address this.
- Empower students to become the change makers and leaders of their own futures by helping them to develop viable solutions to a problem where they are made both victim and perpetrator.
- Address gender-based violence that occurs through stereotypes, prejudices and discriminatory language and behaviour.
The Healthy Dialogue component of the school’s campaign should pay attention to how bullying issues and discussions are enforced by schools i.e. creating classroom safe space, anti-bullying clubs, non-discriminatory language toolkits, classroom discussions, assembly lectures, student anti-bullying pledge declarations, or any school project that engages students to develop activities to address and combat bullying. Essentially, we are looking to see how schools create a forum for students to address bullying behaviours to disperse knowledge and ensure student safety. This should be documented in the school’s report (the final deliverable of the campaign) detailing direct feedback from students.
The competition is open to students from the 30 schools involved in cycles 3 and 4 of the Safer Schools – Managing Diverse Classrooms Workshop, which includes:
Arima Central Government Secondary School
Barataria North Secondary School
Barrackpore East Secondary School
Blanchisseuse Secondary School
Chaguanas North Secondary School
Diego Martin Central Secondary School
Guaico Secondary School
Guayaguagyare Secondary School
Holy Name Convent (Point Fortin)
Iere High School
Manzanilla Secondary School
Marabella North Secondary School
Morvant/Laventille Secondary School
Presentation College – Chaguanas
Princes Town West Secondary School
Providence Girls Secondary School
South East P.O.S. Secondary School
St. Anthony’s College
St. Augustine Girls High School
St. Augustine Secondary School
St. Mary’s College
St. Stephen’s College
Toco Secondary School
Tranquility Secondary School
Tunapuna Secondary School
Vishnu Boys Hindu College
Williamsville Secondary School
Family members of any Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) members or British High Commission (BHC) staff members are exempt from participation. Schools are to select five (5) students who will lead all projects and activities.
The campaign should meet the following criteria:
- A strong visual presence throughout the school compound.
- The campaign should be launched for one week, which provides students with a platform to express their views and opinions on combating bullying, with strong emphasis on issues relating to diversity and inclusion.
- The campaign should elicit a strong sense of school spirit that is reflected in full student body support, engagement and participation to foster a more inclusive school climate that is conducive to fairness, acceptance and support for each other in spite of perceived differences.
- All schools MUST submit, on the theme of bullying:
- An essay that holistically discusses bullying.
- A poster or art piece depicting one type of bullying.
- A detailed report, describing the campaign and the outcome of all activities and deliverables.
- All submissions MUST reflect the theme All Different, All Equal
- All submissions must be sent to The Silver Lining Foundation by 4 p.m. on June 21st, 2019.
Submissions will be judged by a select team comprising of officials from both the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) and the British High Commission (BHC). The judging panel will use the following criteria to select the winners of the campaign competition:
- Interpretation of the theme “All Different, All Equal”.
- Development of campaign activities
- Does the campaign reflect a comprehensive understanding of bullying?
- Does the campaign show prominent visibility and awareness of bullying?
- Does the campaign offer viable solutions to combat bullying?
- Does the campaign show sustainability beyond the duration of the competition?
- Student Involvement and Participation.
The decisions of the judges will be FINAL.
Essays will be scored on:
- Research – 10 points
- Analysis – 20 points
- Organisation – 5 points
- Writing Style – 15 points
Posters/Artwork/Videos will be scored on:
- Creativity (artwork in the original work of the team) – 20 points
- Visual Content (components of the artwork are balanced across the space, text and graphics legible from a reasonable distance) – 5 points
- Impact (Poster’s contribution relays relation to theme, artwork indicates that the artist(s) understand how this piece fits into the overall field of advocacy for anti-bullying) – 15 points
- Relevance (Artwork’s message, data and call to action, are still relevant, has no agenda other than preventing or reducing bullying and so does not use political, religious or any such language or imagery) – 10 points
Video submissions will be scored on:
- Clear Message (Video utilises key messaging themes, uses official campaign hashtag: #AllDifferentAllEqual) – 20 points
- Realism (Video shows kids standing up for each other and does not depict suicide or attempted suicide or any kind of violence) – 5 points
- Video’s message, data, call to action, etc. are still relevant. Video has no agenda other than preventing or reducing bullying and so does not use political, religious or any such language. Relevance – 5 points
- Impact (video conveys a strong message about combating bullying and encourages healthy dialogue on the issue of bullying) – 20 points
Awarding of Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries respectively.
The first place school of the All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition will receive an SLF/BHC Challenge Trophy and three (3) Samsung tablets. The five-member team will be awarded twelve (12) tickets to a movie at Movie Towne and other special prizes.
The second place school of the All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition will receive an SLF/BHC Challenge Trophy and two (2) Samsung tablets. The five-member team will be awarded twelve (12) tickets to a movie at Movie Towne and other special prizes.
The third place school of the All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition will receive an SLF/BHC Challenge Trophy and one (1) Samsung tablet. The five-member team will be awarded twelve (12) tickets to a movie at Movie Towne and other special prizes.
Winners will be announced and recognized at a special Awards & Prize Giving Ceremony at the Residence of the British High Commissioner.
By entering the All Different, All Equal: Mitigating School Violence and Indiscipline Campaign Competition, each entrant acknowledges that both the Silver Lining Foundation and the British High Commission of Port of Spain has the right, at all times, to disclose information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or valid governmental request. The applicants agree to the publication of their image in any Silver Lining Foundation and British High Commission of Port of Spain publications.