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Since 2007, Save the Children Denmark in cooperation with Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary Fond, has been leading an anti-bullying program “Free of Bullying” in Danish kindergartens and grade schools, with a focus on the prevention of bullying amongst children between the ages of 3-10.

Kiusamisest Vabaks

Following the example of Denmark, the Estonian Union for Child Welfare has been leading a project called “Kiusamisest vaba lasteaed ja kool” (Kindergartens and schools free of bullying) since 2010.  

As the prevention of bullying is directly related to social norms accepted by the society and the quality of social relationships, it is important that those values would be taught to children starting from an early age. Meanwhile, this means that practical pedagogical everyday processes need to be analysed, assuming a research-based approach and efficient co-operation with the personnel of kindergartens and schools and scientists. The experience offered by cases apparent in everyday educational processes must be defined in order to get to the root of the problem.

The programme proposal was prepared in close collaboration with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) as a donor programme partner (DPP) and other institutions in Norway. Programme is managed jointly by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (MoER), the Estonian Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA)  and by the Estonian Youth Work Centre (EYWC) as a Programme Operator Implementing Agency (POIA).

Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).

For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.

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