Well-Being Working Group

Coordinator: Sara DAGOSTINI

Sara Dagostini, Coordinator of the APEEE's Well-Being Working Group

The Well-being of Children and Adolescents Working Group explores, proposes and develops initiatives to ensure pupils’ well-being at school, focusing on aspects of school life that are beyond the purely pedagogical: the emotional balance of adolescents inside and outside the classroom, the development of healthy relationship with peers and adults, and indirectly the quality and safety of the physical environment. The group actively works to address the challenges faced by today's children, parents and teachers.

General Scope of Activity: The target audience of our work is the pupils, but we also work through teachers and parents. The main channels are:

  • Ateliers for pupils and interventions in class
  • teacher training
  • Parent and pupil lunchtime conferences

Current initiatives include:

  • EVRAS (Éducation à la vie relationnelle, affective et sexuelle): prevention programme under implementation in Secondary
  • Substance abuse prevention (Secondary): policy and prevention programme under development
  • Digital risks: policy and prevention programme to be developed
  • Mindfulness: prevention programme to be explored for Secondary
  • Values: prevention programme under implementation in Secondary
  • Other conferences: communication parents-pupils, nutrition, digital risks for students and for parents

New initiatives to be explored, mainly for Secondary:

  • Communication for students (assertive communication), for parents and teachers (emphatic communication)
  • Conflict management
  • Food and nutrition. Understanding the impact of sugar
  • Health and sleep

Participation and Working Methods: The group accepts committed Board Members and parents interested in identifying good quality speakers, initiating projects, and providing logistical support for events. The Well-Being Group encourages participation from all language sections to help broaden and enrich the programmes and approaches.

The group is divided into small subgroups per topic, with one or few responsible members assigned to each project. Communication is primarily by email but we also organise two or three general meetings every year to discuss, brainstorm and agree on new initiatives; separate meetings may also be organised for individual projects or initiatives. Members of the group may take meetings with the school management, educational advisors, teachers or the student committee (CdE) to forward our objectives. The group reports to the APEEE Board on the progress of its activities.

If you are interested in one or more of these activities, please contact our Secretariat at: info@uccleparents.org

Mandate of the APEEE's Well-Being Working Group (January 2021)

See related issues and positions: Child Protection Policy, Drugs and Addictions and Mobile Phone Policy

2020 Priorities

In 2020 we will continue with several actions carried out in recent years but will also initiate new proposals:

  • Implementation of EVRAS, currently ongoing together with the school. In addition, the group will explore the possibility to extend EVRAS to late primary
  • Currently working on a substance abuse and prevention policy with the school. The group aims to propose a new prevention programme for secondary students and a conference to raise awareness among parents
  • Carry out initiatives relating to the use of screens. A students’ and a parents’ conference will be held
  • Continue exploring ways to introduce Mindfulness in both primary and secondary schools
  • Raise awareness of positive communication among parents and teachers
  • Explore possibility about management of conflicts among pupils
  • Educate parents and children to healthy nutrition