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School-based violence prevention in urban communities of Latin America and the Caribbean (Vol. 4) : Espacios escolares seguros (Spanish)

The purpose of this practical guide is to provide local schools and communities in Latin America and the Caribbean with information and tools to design school based violence prevention programs. Its purpose is to help them identify the necessary resources and to make appropriate use of these resources based on their unique circumstances and needs. It also seeks to help them to form effective alliances for action. This practical guide is organized into three parts. First part includes information on the theory of violence, its causes, and how it can be prevented. Second part presents information on the role that schools and communities can play in preventing violence. Third part presents the methodology for developing a school based violence prevention plan, which includes five stages and twenty steps, and is complemented by practical tools for implementing each step. This Practical Guide has been prepared with the support of regional educators and experts in violence prevention in order to reflect the contexts, opportunities and challenges that schools and their surrounding communities Latin America and the Caribbean face. It brings together available information on best practices, as well as methods and strategies for violence prevention in student and community settings. Finally, it should be noted that this Practical Guide forms part of the 'school-based violence prevention in urban communities of Latin America and the Caribbean toolkit', which also includes a set of practical tools that schools and communities can utilize to design school-based violence prevention plans; a set of case studies on school-based violence prevention programs from the region; a publication on safe schools spaces (presenting the concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, CPTED); and a publication on disaster risk reduction and prevention in schools in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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    Espacios escolares seguros

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School-based violence prevention in urban communities of Latin America and the Caribbean (Vol. 4) : Espacios escolares seguros (Spanish). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.