“Making One Day in Europe, Every Day for children”
A PAN-EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN
ACROSS EUROPE BULLYING HAS BECOME PART OF THE EVERYDAY REALITY OF MANY CHILDREN. THE HARMFUL ACTIONS AND WORDS INFLICT TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR CHILDREN, PARENTS AND TEACHERS AND ULTIMATELY FOR EUROPEAN SOCIETIES AS A WHOLE.
In spite of important initiatives and actions at European level, the bullying phenomenon persists as various studies demonstrate. A recent study performed in the framework of the EU funded programme “European Campaign against Bullying” shows that 51% of students have experienced bullying in Lithuania, 50% of students in Estonia, 43% in Bulgaria, 31% in Greece, 25% in Latvia and 15% in Italy. The numbers are astounding and indicative of the growing dimension of bullying phenomenon in EU communities today.
This campaign focuses upon highlighting the need for coordinated actions against bullying at a European level and the establishment of a European Anti-bullying Day. It is an integral part of the “EAN -European Anti-bullying Network” project to create a common European strategy against this phenomenon.
The aim of this campaign is not the establishment of one more official day in Europe. Our goal is to raise awareness of the problem, to mobilize the relevant stakeholders in the field of bullying and to bring round the table actors in civil society, citizens and the public authorities in order to reflect on the past year’s anti-bullying initiatives, to share experiences and promising practices on the problem and to discuss on concrete initiatives and their planning against bullying for the year ahead. Therefore, the core idea of this campaign is to create a symbolic day as a milestone marking the struggle against bullying that will reinforce the existing anti-bullying initiatives and efforts at national and European level.
In January 2013 the European Parliament expressed the concerns raised by European societies and adopted a written declaration that calls on establishing a European Day against bullying and school violence. Now more than ever the civil society, the citizens and the European Union have a critical role to play. Concerted actions against bullying and political influence will transform the everyday lives of many children across Europe
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” Desmond Tutu stated and this is why it is of paramount importance for each and every one of us to take an action now against bullying. We invite you to join this effort and campaign in your country and/or abroad to make “One Day in Europe, every Day for children”.