Brazil: Culture of Peace in schools will be the subject of a webinar on February 18th


An article from Imprensa 24h (translation by CPNN)

The Secretariat of State for Education, Sports and Culture (SEDUC), through the School Projects Service on Human Rights (SEPEDH), linked to the Department of Support to the Educational System, will hold the Webinar entitled “Culture of Peace in the School Environment: Paths and Possibilities”, on February 18th, at 3 pm, through the YouTube Education Sergipe channel.

According to the SEPEDH coordinator, Adriane Damascena, the actions are part of the goal achieved by SEDUC, implementation of the Peace Policy and promotion of non-violence, in partnership with the municipalities, in an intersectoral manner in schools. “All this effort to ensure that the Peace Policy was implemented within schools links directly with the Government’s commitment, impacting educational practices and building more harmonious interpersonal relationships in the school community, as well as raising awareness about the importance of human rights. It is a commitment between the teacher, the management and the student, in a collective action for the benefit of all ”, said Adriane.

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The webinar will include the contribution and participation of Josué Modesto dos Passos Subrinho, secretary of SEDUC; Eliane Aquino, deputy governor of the state of Sergipe; Haroldo Luiz Rigo da Silva, member of the Restorative Justice Management Committee of the National Council of Justice; professor Daniela Carvalho Almeida da Costa, doctor and master in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of São Paulo (USP); Maria Conceição de Figueiredo Rolemberg, attorney general; and Adriane Damascena, SEPEDH coordinator.

Government Decree

The Government of Sergipe recently published Law No. 8,796, which institutes the School Mediation Program throughout the Public School System. The program aims to promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts in teaching units; to encourage non-violent communication between the school community; to train teachers, students and management teams for a culture of peace; to form school mediation teams capable of mediating between the actors of the educational process, and to stimulate the development of peaceful coexistence in the family nucleus and in the communities in which the schools are inserted, among others.

SEPEDH’s technician, Nadja Tavares Bispo Reis, pointed out that among the various actions that are already taking place and that are continuing, the program plans to bring non-violent communication training to schools, which is an instrument for conflict mediation. The program also intends to take an approach on peace-building circles and restorative circles, which are other important instruments for improving coexistence with diversities and divergences. “All of these methodologies, if well applied, will be able to minimize school violence and avoid major conflicts,” she explained.

She also highlighted the use of SALVE, a legal warning instrument instituted by the State Prosecutor’s Office, through which schools notify the state of violations or practicak cases within the school environment. “SALVE is used both by teaching units and also by health units. These data are cross-checked and, in view of the results, they inform public policies to resolve the levels of violence ”, said Nadja. Through the School Mediation Program there will also be an awareness-raising initiative with managers and teachers about the importance of SALVE and how to provide a notification.