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Since our early beginnings in April 1990, a substantial portion of our work has always been within the education sector. A history of this work can be found in our 2001 Ten Year Review. Over this time our work has constantly evolved with a continuous thread which involved the provision of information, training and facilitation around numerous issues such as.
  • Mediation, conflict management and peace education,
  • Co operative learning and participative school management,
  • School safety and security
  • HIV / Aids interventions.

One of our areas of special interest is whole school development and we have provided training, material and facilitation in order to assist schools in developing safe environments in which learning can occur. Over the last few years funding for work in schools has decreased substantially and we have reduced our work in this area. However we continue to strongly believe that Safe Schools are a pre requisite for a democratic and safe South Africa!

To this end we continue to host a Safe Schools Website.

You can also complete an online questionnaire to measure your School Safety Rating.

In the past projects have included:

CASS - Community Alliance for Safe Schools
Schools Management Training (which includes Schools Management Briefings)
Character Building in Schools Project
Teenagers Action Aids Project
Schools Trauma Action Group

Children Against Bullying

IPT Publications and Research Articles

Protect Your School from Violence & Crime: Guidelines
        * 'These Guidelines are in Adobe Acrobat format'
Protecting Your School from Violence & Crime : 1999/2000
An evaluation of a one year pilot project conducted in three schools in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Protecting Your School from Violence & Crime : 2000/2001
An evaluation of the second phase of a pilot project designed to measure the impact on a greater range of schools in a variety of areas (in PDF format)

Other publications which may be of interest are also available:

Curriculum 2005 - Changes in the Education System
Doing the Right Thing - IPT, Effective Schools and Education for Democracy
Children at Risk: The Security Situation in Durban Schools
An Audit of Crime and Violence in Durban Schools 1998
A Literature Review of Interventions and Programmes dealing with Youth Violence in Urban Schools in South Africa July 1999
Crimes I have seen : Article
The Impact of Violence on High School Learners in the Durban Area
The Strengths Perspective : Family Resource Centres as a medium for Crime Prevention and Reduction in Schools

Several archival issues of insight @ ipt, a previous web based publication, have also focussed on issues within the education sector. Education Resources and Training Material

Peace Begins With Me : Training Aid
Conflict Busters : A Conflict Resolving Pocket Book

* Marked articles are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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