Título de sección
Safe School Program
Contenido de sección
Safety in basic education schools is an essential condition for children and adolescents to study and learn. This safety refers to the safeguard of their physical, affective, and social integrity at school, as well as in the community environment that surrounds schools. In one word, school safety is a guarantee to render effective the right of children and adolescents to an education.
The program’s aim is that the school contribute to the cohesion and social integration of school communities through the development of a peaceful culture. Such peaceful culture is a criterion that orients the development of citizen abilities and is in line with the criteria established in Article 3 of the Constitution and the General Law of Education in the sense that education should contribute to peaceful coexistence.
The National Safe School Program, beginning in 2007, forms part of the national safety strategy called Let’s Clean Up Mexico (Limpiemos México), which establishes collaborative links with different institutions, first and foremost with the Secretariat of Public Safety and its Safe Communities (Comunidades Seguras) program, with the Secretariat of Health and its national Safety without Drugs (Salud Sólo sin Drogas) program, and with the Secretariat of Social Development and its Recovery of Public Spaces (Recuperación de Espacios Públicos) program.
To consolidate basic education public schools as secure and trustworthy spaces through social participation and the preparation of students as citizens, the latter aimed at democratic coexistence, responsible participation, and the development of abilities aimed at self-care, self-regulation, the responsible exercise of freedoms, social participation, and non-violent conflict resolution.
To promote the development of abilities for democratic coexistence and the exercise of human rights as a means of strengthening preventative culture in schools.
To favor democratic, supportive, and respectful coexistence in the school community, using teacher, parent, and student participation, for the creation of secure environments.
To foster actions that favor school community safety and protection against potential risks in the community environment, in collaboration with municipal, state, and federal authorities, as well as with organizations.
To stimulate a culture of peace in school communities that is upheld by the development of citizen abilities oriented toward prevention and self-care in the face of social risk situations, such as violence, addiction, and delinquency.
To foster citizen preparation provided to students through the basic education curriculum in civic and ethics preparation, legal culture, and other subjects that contemplate aspects of health care, addictive substance consumption prevention, negotiation and dialogue for conflict resolution, decision-making, and developing a life plan identified with the improvement of social coexistence.
To orient, monitor, and evaluate the experiences generated in schools, school zones, and entities for the construction of democratic entities and safety in schools.
The National Safe School Program is an opportunity to develop, in students, the tools for prevention, which make them competent for living together as citizens upon promoting in them a high sense of responsibility toward themselves and those who surround them.
The Safe School Program is centered on those situations that represent risks to well-being and school coexistence. Among such situations are those related to diverse manifestations of violence, the consumption of addictive substances, and delinquent practices. These all reduce the bonds of trust that form the structure for actions oriented toward the achievement of learning.
Therefore, the program represents a contribution to the development of citizen abilities. Such abilities imply taking advantage of the learning promoted in the curriculum for knowledge and the personal care, non-violent conflict resolution, self-regulation and the responsible exercise of freedoms, and social participation. In this manner, the program’s actions imply the identification and establishment of forms of coexistence in which respect, solidarity, reciprocity, good treatment, responsibility, collaboration, and justice prevail.
Fields of Action
The National Safe School Program tackles school safety in three dimensions: social participation, school management, and the development of citizen abilities.
Social participation consists of the collaboration of parents, teachers, and students in the creation of school activity prevention networks. Likewise, this includes the articulation of efforts with governmental institutions and organizations, which contribute to schools’ consolidation of safety conditions.
School management consists of the development of activities related to school organization. Such actions require the provision of an environment of democratic coexistence that favors participation, discussion, and the analysis of situations and problems that affect the school community well-being. This field of action demands making agreements among teachers, directors, and students regarding the manner in which conflicts are resolved, discussion, and the review of the norms that regulate school life and stimulate participation in matters of collective interest.
Citizen ability development is aimed at taking advantage of student learning through the various curricular subjects, especially those that promote the analysis of risk situations, prevention means, commitments to self-care and the care of others, as well as reflection on perspective and ethical actions.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 09:07:02 by Lussette de Paredes Venegas