Lithuanian Action Week WITHOUT BULLYING 2017 was a success

  • Awareness
  • 08/05/2017
  • Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

The eighth "Action week WITHOUT BULLYING" brought together more than 1,200 educational institutions from all over Lithuania, while more than 30 partners, sponsors and supporting organisations contributed by creating posters and songs. Furthermore, over 350 creative students of different ages showed their disapproval of bullying with competition entries.

The initiative, organised by Child Line (the helpline service within the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) received the support of her Excellency the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, and famous musicians who encouraged each and every person to stop bullying and disapprove of it.

A total of 1,230 schools, kindergartens, youth centres and other educational institutions took part in the 2017 edition of the event. They offered different events and activities to their communities to encourage them to help to stop and prevent bullying. You can find out more about the contributions of different participants here, while more information about the support of partners is available here.

Her Excellency the President Dalia Grybauskaite met with volunteers, Child Line staff and a team of famous people who regularly promote the efforts of Child Line and contributed to the action week. More information on the President‘s visit to Child Line is available here.

Meeting of Child Line staff and volunteers with President Dalia Grybauskaite

Meeting of Child Line staff and volunteers with President Dalia Grybauskaite

Child Line organised poster and song competitions among students through which teens were encouraged to show their disapproval of bullying. At an event during the action week, held in the Lithuanian Child and Youth Centre, the winners were given respect by singers Monika Linkyte and Vilija Mataciunaite, accompanied by saxophonist Remigijus Rancys and pianist Richardas Banys. All winners were awarded prizes and gifts provided by the campaign's partners and supporters - Girteka Logistics, Smiltainis ir Ko, the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, the Vilnius Public Health Office, and the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service.

Participants at the poster and song competition award event, organised by Child Line

Participants at the poster and song competition award event, organised by Child Line

Throughout the action week, Child Line counsellors worked 24/7 to give more children the opportunity to be listened to. Thanks to this extension of working hours, an additional 611 children and teenagers were able to reach Child Line volunteers.

Also during the action week, Child Line launched a series of educational video clips where basketball players and coaches from different clubs played out situations that one can learn from, thanks to a cooperation with the Lithuanian Basketball League, Western Union Foundation Lithuania, the basketball school of the capital city. The video clips can be viewed online here.

While the 2017 "Action Week WITHOUT BULLYING" has now come to an end, the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre hopes that the video clips and various activities it recommends will continue to be used for further work on stopping bullying and on bullying prevention: "Let us make an effort to stop bullying each and every day. Let us communicate and learn to recognise bullying, to effectively react and clearly show our disapproval of any form of aggressive behaviour!".

Further information is available from various news articles on the Child Line website (in Lithuanian):

Find out more about the work of the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.
 


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