Violence in schools is becoming a concern in Kosovo

Violence in schools is becoming a concern in Kosovo

Pristina, 7 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In Kosovo, violence among students has become a concern.

Kosovo Police reveals that in 2015 alone, there have been 567 reported incidents in schools or near schools all around Kosovo. Meanwhile, this negative trend has also continued this year.

Head of the Ombudsman, Elmi Jashari told IBNA that the increase in the number of violent acts in schools must worry state institutions.

“Responsible institutions must create the necessary mechanisms to make sure that children’s rights are respected, especially their physical integrity and human dignity”, he says.

According to him, Kosovo is not offering adequate protection for children.

“Based on the Constitution of Kosovo, each child has the right to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation. The Convention for the Rights of Children also requires children to be protected from all forms of violence and defines obligations for states to take adequate action in this aspect. Unfortunately, these provisions have remained on paper”, he says.

Jashari also demands from educational institutions to draft plans and programs for schools in order to prevent violence and address it in these educational institutions.

Sociologist Elmi Amidi unfolds the reasons why violence is manifested in schools.

According to him, violence in schools can be triggered by domestic problems, but also in cases when teachers cannot handle or correct indecent behaviors of the students.

“Parents and teachers have a responsibility to act as good examples and show a positive attitude as the only way to communicate and correct children’s behavior”, Amidi says.

Officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology also admit that there exist violence in schools, but this violence is more present in those schools wheren the number of children is higher. /