Mexico and Denmark exchange experiences for coping with bullying.
· During her visit to a kindergarten near Copenhagen, Angélica Rivera de
Peña highlighted the federal government’s actions to protect children.
"Mexico has legal tools to protect children and punish any abuse,
assault, damage or violence against children and adolescents,” said President
of the Citizens’ Advisory Board of the DIF National System Angelica Rivera de
During President Enrique Peña Nieto's visit to Denmark, she was invited
to tour a kindergarten in an area close to Copenhagen, where she was
accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Mary and Helle Østergaard, Director of the Mary Foundation.
In the course of her visit, Angélica Rivera de Peña was shown the
anti-bullying program promoted by the foundation led by Princess Mary, based on
prevention and the use of educational tools that facilitate interaction with
children and promote the values of tolerance, respect, courage and sensitivity. She was also shown the Dialogic Reading technique,
through which adults help students become storytellers.
In an exchange of experiences, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s wife said
that Mexico is undertaking actions to prevent and combat bullying. An example of
this, she said, is the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents,
which punishes those who tolerate bullying or violate a child’s privacy. The law also applies to officials and employees of
educational, sports and cultural institutions that fail to report, tolerate or
encourage any form of abuse, harassment, assault, damage, intimidation,
violence, mistreatment or harm.
The National DIF signed an agreement with the Ministry of Public
Education (SEP) to ensure healthy, peaceful coexistence in the classroom and
create better learning environments. As a result of the agreement, signed in 2014, various actions such as
advice on school life, teacher training and the integration of a network of
institutional support are encouraged.
During the tour, the President of the Citizens’ Advisory Board of the
National DIF said that diploma courses have also been given, such as the one
held in 2015, with the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM): “Bullying: Strategies for Teaching Families to Prevent and Cope with it,” in order to professionalize those who care
for children, such as state and municipal workers and Ministry of Health personnel,
since it is estimated that victims of bullying decrease their school performance
by up to 40 percent.
Before concluding her visit, Angélica Rivera de Peña said that in
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, the rights of children and
adolescents are protected and, above all, their physical and psychological
integrity is guaranteed.