The cycle of meetings “Listen to Pupils” started to ensure safe and healthy environment with the initiative of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Mikheil Chkhenkeli. Intensive meetings with the pupils, as well as with parents, students and representatives of various communities by the Minister will continue, in order to make the school and the environment, where children grow up, more safe and friendly based on discussion, co-operation and broad public consensus.
Within the frameworks of the project, Mikheil Chkhenkeli visited Tbilisi №82 Public School and listened to the pupils what they think about the causes of violence in schools and the solution, how they see their role in changing the situation. At the meeting with the Minister, the pupils discussed the importance of non-formal education and realization of their capabilities. In their opinion, such attitude should be formed in the society, that disclosure of bullying and a request for assistance is not a shame, on the contrary, it is necessary for a timely response. The Minister promised the pupils, that they will get special materials regarding what kind of behavior is considered as bullying and how to respond to it.
In parallel to the meetings, by the decision of Mikheil Chkhenkeli, a number of preventive, informational and educational activities are planned by the Ministry. Psychological centers will be enhanced and the response mechanisms will be improved. By the initiative of the Minister, various programs will be developed, involving adults, children, towards whom the abovementioned activities are directed.