Poor education and inadequate company can generate violence | SIVECO Romania

Poor education and inadequate company can generate violence

Monday, October 8, 2007

Bucharest, 8th of October 2007 – What are the causes of violence and how can education help in reducing it?

How does the multitude of media channels affect the personality development for young people?

Can media be used for preventing and fighting violence?

On the occasion of the 13th edition of the ARDOR National Debate Forum, SIVECO Romania has conducted a survey among the forum participants – student members of the debate clubs in the entire country, teachers and debate moderators. The survey theme was the phenomenon of violence in schools. The purpose of this survey was to identify not only the main causes that generate violence, but also the most effective ways in which the informational means may be used for fighting this phenomenon.

Deeply involved in the Romanian educational matters through the informational projects that it develops, SIVECO Romania is constantly preoccupied with the current phenomenon of schools’ violence, and it joined the efforts of all those who undertake the extremely difficult task of discovering the causes and correcting the effects: the state institutions, the non-governmental organizations, the business environment. This survey is a natural and necessary continuation of an approach begun many years ago, which subscribes to the company’s declared mission to constantly promote education. In the same note, the partnership between SIVECO Romania and ARDOR is based on common values, on the belief that the rationally debated dialogue represents the most valuable gain of civilization and the warrant of the harmonious development of a society.

The informational revolution and the generalization of the current use of the Internet have rendered the easy access to information possible for all categories of audience. However, in Romania, this unprecedented transparency in terms of information traffic is not completely safe. 85% of the respondents have established a connection between the poor education and the occurrence of violence in schools. Thus, we plan to promote an education that generates progress and inhibits violence. Through the research that SIVECO Romania has initiated, our company responsibly draws attention to the need of discrimination in using the informational means within the educational system”, says Anca Crahmaliuc, Marketing Manager, SIVECO Romania.

The violence matter has become more and more serious for the civil society because it has been intensely proliferated. Thus, 79% of the survey respondents have declared that they receive information concerning the phenomenon of violence in schools by means of the television. The school conflicts are more and more frequently mentioned in the written press, on television, on the radio or on the Internet. Consequently, the participants in the ARDOR Forum have asked themselves a very pertinent question: Is this phenomenon a real one and is it indeed a reason to worry for the entire civil society?

The survey reveals the fact that the civil society has become more aware of the danger represented by the amplification of this phenomenon (92%), but it also reveals that there are several ways in which the conflicts can be avoided, school – and education, respectively – being one of the most important.

Thus, over 73% of the participants consider that school represents an environment able to digress students from the phenomenon of violence and keep them away from conflicts – which is really rejoicing.

"School should offer a stable psychosocial climate, trying to prevent tensions of any kind. Students should be explained that the best way to solve problems is to discuss and debate, without appealing to violence in any way”, affirms one of the survey respondents.

According to the survey results, the responsibility for spreading violence under all forms is divided between: the street (75%), the family environment (54%), the media (23%) and the school (21%).

Among the factors contributing to creating a context that favors violence, the children company is the most frequently mentioned. The survey says that most violent acts can be imputed to inadequate surroundings, which generates devious behavior.

Another element that favors violent acts is the poor education (85%).

"The poor education generates a primitive, brutal, disrespectful behavior and it leads to violence”, believes one survey respondent. "When there are flaws in a teenager’s education, he/she becomes corruptible, and, most of the times, this turns into violence. Students should be taught to communicate”, says another participant. Yet another respondent considers that "education allows for subliming violent urges, and it leads to acquiring human values”.

The survey results indicate an increased predilection for violence in the case of students coming from underprivileged family environments. Statistically speaking, the parents’ behavior bears an extremely powerful influence on the aggression level manifested by their children.

The attention of the specialists at SIVECO Romania was also concentrated on the area of media usage. In this respect, the survey planned to find out the public opinion about the need of using informational means to reduce violence. This is why SIVECO Romania responsibly deals with any aspect concerning violence control through healthily educating young people.

When asked how the informational means should be used to reduce violence in schools, most respondents consider that a realistic information of students can help them become aware of the negative effects that the encouragement of and the participation in this phenomenon have on all parties involved, and especially on themselves.

22.22% of the participants consider that the informational means should be used in such way to intensively involve students in various educational projects and activities, thus diverting them from negative – and possibly violence-generating – temptations.

19.44% of the respondents consider that the informational means have a strictly educational purpose, while 13.89% view them as real means of communication, education, and expression of young people’s personality.

“The exposure to violence may have serious consequences on children of any age. This reality – also confirmed by our research – calls for a realistic approach of the factors determining violent behavior. The results obtained from our survey indicate that school represents an environment able to correct and prevent violence, by using informational means to appeal to students, to interest them in culture and education, and to divert them from all potential violence-generating factors”, says Anca Crahmaliuc, Marketing Manager, SIVECO Romania.