Lights4Violence in Poland – listening to the students’ voice
In the High School no. 1 in Poznań, teachers have conducted a survey including open-ended questions in order to analyse how students perceived and assess the workshops carried out within the project intervention. Preliminary results show that the pivotal skills and assets fostered by the intervention activities in order to improve peer communication seem to be now acknowledged by students. Here there are some interesting examples:
I now know a lot of measures that I can implement in difficult situations.
I learned healthy attitude to my life and ability to solve problems.
I exercised how to cope with difficult situations and keep distance to take rational decisions.
I learned that there is always a solution to get out of problems.
Some respondents even enumerated specific skills concerning dating relationships. For instance, one girl wrote: “I learned how to behave in a relationship and communicate with my partner”. Others referred to the methodology of the workshops:
The most important aspect was the workshops’ atmosphere that made me feel safe.
I liked a lot of space for discussions.
Nevertheless, some students hinted that some activities could have been more practical and that others would have needed more time in order to discuss the psychological aspects of relationships. Other students even mentioned some “missing” topics that were not included and that are rather perceived as interesting to be faced (e.g., mental problems and diseases). Some others criticized the graphic part of the handbook suggesting it could be improved. One of the participants wrote that the only disadvantage was that the activities were too short.
It seems a good prophecy for the future implementation!
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