Rise of violence against teachers: study

In Sweden a teacher is subjected to violence every day, on average, according to statistics from the nation’s Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket), reports the TT news agency.

Rise of violence against teachers: study

During the first quarter of 2011, 82 incidents had been reported in which teachers were subjected to violence from students in the workplace.

The targeted faculty become victims of physical or mental abuse from the pupils.

Sweden’s National Education Minister, Jan Björklund, hopes that a series of measures, such as the right to move culprit students, will improve the situation.

Members of the Teachers’ Association, Lärarnas Riksförbund, are doubtful that such solutions will prove effective.

And Sweden is not alone in its escalation.

As a wave of violence in schools continues to rise throughout Europe, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Culture, Science and Education took note earlier this year and called for the creation and instalment of effective educational policies against violence at school.

The Assembly adopted a set of guiding principles for education against violence and challenged all member and observer parliaments to endorse them at a national level, supporting schools administratively, logistically and financially.

The nature of violence described by the Council includes attacks acts of hostility and even aggression against teachers by pupils as well as acts committed by pupils with or without weapons, bullying and harassment among pupils, sexual violence, and the use of violence by teachers against pupils.

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Swedish Liberal leader auctions shirt off his back to fight racism

The leader of Sweden's Liberal party put a blue shirt he wore throughout the campaign up for auction on election day Sunday, vowing to donate the money to an anti-racist magazine as the far-right was tipped to win record votes.

Swedish Liberal leader auctions shirt off his back to fight racism
“I have defended my view of a liberal society with rolled up shirtsleeves. My shirt has been with me in this fight,” Jan Björklund wrote in an advertisement on the Tradera auction site. 
“Number of debates: 12, Size: L (why would I choose S or M?), Colour: blue (the colour of freedom), Price: the highest bidder (I'm in favour of free trade),” Björklund wrote cheekily of the shirt he reportedly wore almost every day during the election campaign.
He said the money would be donated to the magazine “Expo, an organisation relentlessly fighting against the nauseating worldview of nationalism”.  
The gesture — a form of electioneering to any objective observer — is permissible in Sweden, where campaigning is allowed on election day.
The Liberal leader has been one of the most vocal voices against the Sweden Democrats, an anti-immigration party that is tipped to win around 20 percent of votes in Sunday's legislative elections. 
Founded in 1995 by Stieg Larsson, author of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” crime trilogy, and other anti-fascist activists, Expo runs a website and a magazine on far-right and neo-Nazi groups.