The president of the International observatory for victims of violence from Turin together with Volgograd schoolchildren opened “the bench of reconciliation”
Mariachristina Spinosa, one of the active participants of the International Gender Forum in Volgograd, president of the International observatory for victims of violence in Turin (Italy), visited Volgograd secondary school № 51, where she met its pupils and told them about the activities of her organization.
The meeting was initiated by one more permanent participant of the forum – the citizen of Volgograd Natalia Oreshkina, who is the director of the mediation project «School world». The project is carried out by the Center of profession mediation under Volgograd Chamber of Commerce; its goal is to support the resolution of conflicts in and out of the school with the help of the alternative method of conflict resolution –mediation. Teaching of such an interaction in conflicts is obviously the prevention of violence among teenagers. For the first time the project was presented at the Second International Gender Forum, held in Volgograd in April 2013. And the secondary school № 51 in Volgograd became the pilot site for the project realization.
We have to remind that the international observatory for the victims of violence was founded in Turin in 2012 in accordance with the resolution of the First International Gender Forum “Dialogue without borders”. The observatory works under the auspices of the municipality of Turin which is the twin city of Volgograd. It includes 10 thematic divisions in which specialists – lawyers, doctors, and psychologists work with the victims of violence seeking help. Much attention is paid to the prevention of violence.
At the meeting with the pupils Mariachristina Spinosa spoke about the work of one of the observatory division, which addresses the issues of troubled teenagers and prevention of violence in youth environment. It turned out that the problems of schoolchildren are the same in the whole world. Unfortunately, arrogant behavior of classmates, slanders, humiliation and acts of violence happen rather often in this age environment.
In her speech Mariachristina Spinosa stated in detail how evil the violence (cyber hooliganism, pedophilia, child pornography) spreading in internet and social nets is.
«I call for you to defend such values as tolerance, peace, friendship among peoples based on the fight against all forms of violence. Only with your assistance, on the basis of your effective initiatives and constructive proposals we will finally be able to overcome this large international problem. “Let us together say no to violence!”, - she said.
In the end of the meeting the so called “bench of reconciliation” was opened – material implementation of the idea of reconciliation and the constructive methods of conflict resolution. The bench is designed in such a way that it is only convenient to sit at the bench close to each other.
Following the words of Natalia Oreshkina, the mediation project “School world” is successfully carried out under the active support of Volgograd teachers, students and pupils. Thus the volunteers of the project have already become the social teacher of the secondary school № 51, curator of the school service of reconciliation Tatyana Provorova, the student of the master course of Volgograd State Social and Pedagogical University Svetlana Firsova, the student of Volgograd State Medical University Irina Shkuratova, volonteers of the school service of reconciliation of lyceum № 3 and secondary school № 51 Victor Oreshkin, Alina Morosova, Angelina Manova, the administrator of the groups “School world” in social networks Sergey Proskurnov.