Moves to curb rising school violence in Kuwait

June 14, 2010
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A Kuwaiti researcher has put forth a national plan to counter increasing violence at schools.

Masooma Ahmad Ibrahim, a professor of educational psychology, said that the project she had submitted a project Public Authority for Applied Education and Training should help end violence at educational institutions through the provision of psychological, emotional, and logistic support to students.

“The proposal aims to detect factors leading to acts of violence and to provide a nurturing and safe educational environment that would curb the frequency of violent incidents that break social norms and values,” she told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Training staff on ways and strategies to counter tendency to violence and organizing seminars and training courses for parents while providing emotional and psychological support to the students are the major features of the proposal, she said.

The project also includes a call to exchange expertise with educational institutions around the world and learning from proven and successful rehabilitation and treatment programmes in other countries.

“The phenomenon of violence is becoming more frequent on the street, in work places and in our schools. Parents can no longer feel assured about their children’s safety even at schools, as demonstrated by the latest incident in which a young student was killed,” she said. “This deplorable situation requires serious efforts by all segments of society,” she said.

Last month, Kuwait’s education minister set up a committee to probe the causes and extent of violence in schools. The findings and recommendations will be used to ensure zero-violence schools, Dr Moodhi Al Hmood said.

Measures planned to help eradicate the phenomenon in schools include training teachers on ways to confront and contain acts of violence in cooperation with ministries and government agencies, the minister said.

Student behaviour experts will present their evaluation of the situation and religious figures will be encouraged to communicate with students to help curb the phenomenon, while school principals will provide figures about violence in which their students were implicated and will also contribute to the drive with their assessment of the extent of aggression cases and their understanding of their motives.

In May, a 14-year-old Kuwaiti student was stabbed to death in front of his school by another Kuwaiti student, 16, over personal disagreements. One week earlier, two teenagers, aged 18 and 20, were wounded in a fight between youngsters who used knives and sticks to settle scores near a car park.

         

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