Violence prevention in Jordanian schools - also during corona

Resolving conflicts without violence, mediating disputes, resolving bullying situations and practising democratic participation - the project "Promoting non-violent conflict management" aims to implement these skills in ten Jordanian schools, for which Starkmacher is working together with Caritas Jordan. The project is financed by the Federal Foreign Office and supported by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IfA).
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04.11.2020 / 16 Uhr

Project is carried out online

After the outbreak of the Corona pandemic prevented the planned implementation of the project and thus all schools were closed, all those involved in the project hoped that the situation would ease again with the start of the new school year and the schools could reopen. Unfortunately, this hope has been dashed due to the worsening Covid 19 pandemic. As of autumn 2020, the schools will remain closed until probably January.

Intensive discussions were held with colleagues from Caritas Jordan on how to implement the project online. Fortunately, there is direct contact with the schools (teachers and students). The first in-depth seminars with the Caritas Jordan multipliers took place online already in the summer. The focus was on activities to promote social learning in classes as a complement to the programmes for dispute resolution (peer mediation) and the bullying intervention approach "No Blame Approach". Preparations are currently underway for direct online seminars with schools focusing on bullying and cyberbullying interventions.

Jordanian Minister of Education supports project

Good news for the project cause is that the Jordanian colleagues were able to present the project to the Minister of Education and he subsequently expressed interest in distributing the project materials on dispute resolution and bullying.

Project overview: Solving conflicts without violence

Like many countries in transition, Jordan is also confronted with difficult socio-economic and political problems. The corona pandemic is exacerbating the problems. There is a growing risk that prejudices, conflicts and violence will continue to grow. Schools are also a focal point for such conflicts, which is why the project aims to strengthen children, young people and teachers in non-violent conflict management.

In addition to continuing its work in five already cooperating schools, the project is now active in five more schools. A pilot course for parents is also planned. In 2021, a conference will take place to present the project and the project results to a broader (professional) audience and thus also provide the impetus for further dissemination.

Training of multipliers

In the first year of the project (2019), the project introduced procedures for non-violent conflict resolution (peer mediation), intervention in bullying situations (no-blame approach) and democratic opinion-forming (class council), which should enable positive experiences and show alternative options for action. Central to this was a culturally sensitive approach in the sense of the "Do-No-Harm" principle and the inclusion of all stakeholders, including parents. The project aims to contribute to empowering young people, encouraging them to participate and thus making a medium-term contribution to strengthening civil society.

The project trained a total of 14 Jordanians as multipliers who established the procedure described above in Jordanian schools and accompanied them.


Government support from Germany

The project is organised by Starkmacher e.V. in cooperation with Caritas Jordan and is financed and supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.