Funding: from fundraising campaigns of Equilibrium
Role of the organization: leading partner, working together with the Municipality of Ruse – Department of Education, Regional Inspectorate of Education and SOS Children’s Villages – Bulgaria ( Veliko Tarnovo)
- To determine the understanding of parents and professionals working with preschool children concerning the nature and forms of aggression and aggressive responses in young children and their causes
- To test innovative methods for improving the interaction among parents, teachers and children to counteract aggression among preschool children including training in kindergartens in Ruse and the interactive workshop – “The Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood as Friends” for children and parents
- To promote the adoption of good practice that will impact positively on families and childcare professionals
- Publication and distribution of a guide to positive parenting (sometimes called positive discipline) – a style of parental guidance that resists the temptation to be punitive in any way
Specific objectives: Increased public awareness of the issue of childhood aggression, Support to young parents that helps them guide their children without punishing; Work with families and professionals from two kindergartens in Ruse Municipality.
The work in Ruse will involve implementing and expanding a model successfully piloted in Veliko Tarnevo by SOS Children’s Villages.
Results to date: Conducted a survey among 100 educational professionals in six kindergartens in the city on identifying violence and its impact on children; Prepared and presented a summary analysis of the information collected under the survey; Training of specialists from 2 Kindergartens – “Rusalka” and “Pinocchio”; conducted training for parents of children from the two kindergartens; Conducted interactive workshops with children and presented results in the context of final events in the kindergartens with the participation of children, parents and teachers; held two public information events presenting the goals of the campaign and the results so far.