Schools can take positive steps to reduce violence and the likelihood of violence. Through the UNICEF supported programme, all schools in the country are being trained on violence reduction and prevention, and with on-going support from a team of cascade training facilitators, the schools are introducing a "whole school approach" to developing behaviour policies to respond to violence in their communities.
The principle's being incorporated into the school action are built on volumes of studies showing that punishment is not effective in reducing violence and that the most successful strategies are those that focus on building a positive culture in school.
Often the parents demand that schools increase surveillance to protect their children, however these measures are not producing long-term solutions. Sometimes, parents also do not believe it is their responsibility to be involved in what takes place in school life; however no plan will be effective unless it is framed in the context of the school working with its community, both inside and outside the school.
A school behaviour policy needs collective support. That means active involvement by all stakeholders - school leaders, staff, parents and carers and pupils from all the school's communities - in developing, implementing and revising the policy.
Below are some ways that you as a parent can help.
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