The Institución Educativa Concejo Municipal de Itagüí, a Colombian school in Antioquia has taken a new approach to school discipline that has demonstrated impressive results. The school is one out of 7,900 schools participating in UNESCO’s Associated Schools network (ASPnet). Ernesto Corrales Gutierrez, the school ASPnet Coordinator, explains that the school embraced the psychological concept of “Disciplina con amor” or positive discipline. The first phase took place over three years and targeted pupils aged 9 to 14 and their teachers. “We questioned traditional models of authority based on punishment, blame and exclusion,” says Gutierrez. Teachers and students discussed ethical and behavioural issues at regular class meetings. Through this process, students learned: how to listen, respect other points of view, solve problems and take responsibility for their own actions. They were then invited to evaluate their own behaviour. The school also held special training sessions for parents to keep them in the loop. Among the results noted were an 80 per cent decline in reports of poor discipline and the resolution of a serious conflict between the director and fifth-grade students. The project was then expanded to encompass all of the school’s 1,400 students, aged 9 to 17. “Projects like this help prepare children and young people to meet the challenges of today’s world,” says Sigrid Niedermayer, International Coordinator of ASPnet. Contact: Sigrid Niedermayer, UNESCO Paris E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.unesco.org/education/asp Source: Education Today Newsletter, 16 March 2006 ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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