Vojvodina Secondary Schools in the "School without Violence" Programme

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Ms. Leslie Miller, UNICEF Deputy Area Representative in Serbia, and Mr. Jeges Zoltan, Vojvodina Provincial Education Secretary at the press conference for signing of the Cooperation Agreement

9 schools in Vojvodina with 8,556 pupils are helping create a safe and enabling environment for learning, work and development

Novi Sad, 22 September 2009 – Today, the first secondary schools in Serbia are joining the “School without Violence – Towards a Safe and Enabling Environment for Children” programme.

The pilot phase of the Programme is being launched in cooperation with the Provincial Secretariat for Education at secondary schools in 4 towns in Vojvodina. The secondary school syllabus has been modified from the one used in primary schools and has been adjusted to the age of pupils, who will play a significantly more active role in the life of their schools through direct involvement in the training and organisation of school campaigns in partnership with adults. Various activities will bring schools, parents and the local community together in preventing and adequately combating violence.

Today’s signing of the Cooperation Agreement with UNICEF and the Executive Council of Vojvodina’s Provincial Secretariat for Education sees the following schools starting implementation of the “School without Violence” programme:

- “Svetozar Markovic” Grammar School and the Technical School in Subotica
- “Mihajlo Pupin” Electrical Engineering School and “Pavle Savic” Technical School in Novi Sad
- “Jan Kolar” Grammar School in Backi Petrovac
- The Economic School, Grammar School, Technical School and “Bratstvo i Jedinstvo” School for Primary and Secondary Education in Becej.

The Cooperation Agreements with the schools’ head teachers were signed by the UNICEF Deputy Area Representative in Serbia, Ms. Leslie Miller, and the Provincial Education Secretary Mr. Jeges Zoltan.

The “School without Violence” programme, which got under way during the 2005/06 school year, is being implemented by UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Serbian Government’s Child Rights Council, the Institute for Advancement of Education, and, since 2008/09, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.

The network of schools that have adopted or are on their way to adopting the principles of non-violence and creating safe and enabling environments for learning, work and development of children is expanding constantly. To date, the programme has included more than 110,650 pupils and 10,460 adults from 165 primary schools in 60 towns and municipalities in Serbia, as well as 8,556 pupils and 882 employees in secondary schools in Vojvodina. 

The programme is financed exclusively from voluntary donations from members of the public and the Serbian business community. The launch of the programme in secondary schools in Vojvodina was supported by DDOR Novi Sad, Hypo Alpe Adria Leasing, FEFA, Eurobanka EFG, Fornetti, PTT Srbija and the National UNICEF Ambassador for Serbia, Ms. Ana Ivanovic.

For additional information, please contact:
Dr Snezana Babic Kekez, Head of the Department for Education Development, Executive Council of Vojvodina, tel: 021/487-4183, e-mail:
Jadranka Milanovic, Media Advisor, UNICEF, tel: 011/3602-100; e-mail:


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