The project “Schools without Violence – Egypt” aims at building the capacities of teachers to use and integrate non-violent teaching methods in their professional daily routine. For teachers, the display of appropriate behaviour towards girls and boys showing signs of behavioural problems, learning difficulties, and emotional disorders is essential to create a positive classroom environment which is conducive to learning. A central aspect of this project is to encourage teachers to maintain interaction and communication with students and help them fulfil their aspirations.
For the project “Schools Without Violence,” the Goethe-Institut and the Ministry of Education enlist the support of headteachers, school psychologists and social pedagogues, teachers, and decision-makers in the education system to develop solutions and methods to overcome everyday challenges of school life, and to formulate strategies for non-violent conflict resolution.
Sport is considered not only a field for action in the prevention of violence, but for conveying important values, such as team spirit, fairness, responsibility, and respect, which can strengthen the confidence of teenagers. Against this background, the Goethe-Institut Cairo offers workshops on “non-violent education” for Egyptian physical education teachers.
The “Fit for Life” social training programme is another key component of the project and held in close cooperation with the Bremen Institute of Education and Psychology. The training targets school psychologists and social pedagogues from numerous Egyptian Governorates, imparting with them the values and contents of non-violent teaching and education methods, innovative conflict and classroom management, and use of alternative media
Participants of this training become multipliers, i. e. they are able to plan and implement social trainings on their own for fellow school psychologists and social pedagogues, thus advancing the spread of innovative non-violent teaching methods throughout Egypt.
The Goethe-Institut Cairo cooperates, as mentioned before, with numerous actors in the education system in order to develop the problem resolution competencies of teachers, social workers, and students alike.
A project of the Goethe-Institut, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.