Trond Waage's Conference Presentation Anti-Bullying Network
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In Norway we can talk about dildos, orgasm and whatever but not bullying. Because it is seen as a social shame if your child is being bullied. So how can we get this out in the open to talk about it. We did it and we had to get legislation in place. So I received a marching order from 60,000 kids in Norway. Trond - stop it now! So I identified the strongest in Norway who have power and I asked them to sign a manifesto against bullying. The teacher union, they hesitated for two weeks when we had a massive meeting. The biggest parents organisation in Norway and the one representing the ownership of the principalities for schools. And I asked the Prime Minister, are you willing to go on this? But you have to read what it says because it said that bullying in Norwegian schools, within two years, should be history. And they signed - they felt trapped, they said afterwards because they could not say that in the meeting. And now it's been one year and two months and it's been an enormous activity. Every principality has now signed up, commitment and it's about leadership. We have produced millions of different types of courses for teachers, mayors and local politicians so that they can be involved in seeing the child, not only inside the school but also outside the schools, and also parents. But most of all we managed to get the legislation in place after a fight with parliament went very close to and managed to get the legislation in, an extra article in legislation of education saying that you give the child an individual right to have a good learning environment, which means physically and psychologically. It passed in parliament on 1st April this year combined with that it was fully integrated with the Conventions on Human Rights in October this year, so the legislation is now in place and it is a strong instrument. And I believe that we are going to manage it, we are going to do it.

National Manifesto Against Bullying