Pain called bullying
Radim is a man with considerable experience in the public work or the work with young people. For many years he was the head of the mission station. However, he started teaching lectures on 1 January 2018 in the town of Jindřichův Hradec, South Bohemia, without having previous experience with this type of work. Consequently he could not even follow the already established activity of other lecturers in the area. Would he be successful at all? I attended his lecture in the middle of March and he had already his calendar filled with dates for schools for the rest of school year (till June). It was very pleasant surprise for Radim and us.
A large part of schools’lecturing programmes relates to relationships and their disorders. Therefore, lectures mention the subject of bullying very often. I really like attending these programmes , however, because they are usually interactive, full of events and open discussions and the lecturers have the opportunity to show their individual approach to children.
That’s exactly what happened here. Radim connected key sections of the programme very well: When does the teasing change into bullying? Who is the victim and who is the aggressor? What are his motives? Who is the audience and what is their role (which is, by the way, key to fighting bullying)? At the same time it provides children a lot of space to talk to all the points. The discussion is without pressure (if you do not want to, you do not have to express yourself, it is okay), it is safe (no one is allowed to mock at others) and everything happens in a very friendly atmosphere. Radim and the children speak directly, the programme is full of fun and emotions and it is perfectly complemented by collective games and one scene. These activities provide children with additional light on the topic of bullying and relationships in general because they are better acquainted with them, learning to deal with tasks together and communicate well.
Therefore, we wish Radim a lot of success in his lecturing. This work can be a great asset for young people in the town and neighbourhood. And we hope that it will be possible to create a free-time club – safe background for children in this town, where they will be able to come regularly.
Petr Horacek, the Executive Director of INCZ