About the Methodology

KiVa’s Bullying Prevention and Response Programme offers a wide range of specific tools and materials that schools can use to effectively reduce bullying and create a bullying-free climate.

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Objectives of the methodology

KiVa programme

Teaching schools to prevent bullying

The aim of the programme is to teach schools to prevent bullying and to identify bullying early.

It works with the aggressor and the bystander mostly

It teaches children to notice their reactions and moods, to talk about how it affects other children and adults.

Initiates the creation of a KiVa team

The school will set up a KiVa team, to which everyone - pupils, parents and teachers - can turn in case of need.

It clearly defines the roles

Every teacher in school has a role to play in the KiVa programme - they are all actively involved in preventive measures, and teachers in the KiVa team investigate cases of bullying.

Changing attitudes to bullying

By involving all actors, training activities and clear role assignment, it helps to set a zero tolerance for bullying.

Involves parents

Parents are informed about the KiVa programme in school and know who to contact in case of suspected bullying. They are provided with a publication called the Parents' Guide.
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For the school year 2022/2023, we are recruiting new schools to register in KiVa Programme.

Feeling threatened makes learning impossible

All of us - children, parents, teachers and principals - want students to feel safe at school, to be able to rely on agreed rules and protection from aggressors. In safe environment, children can make full use of their talents and deepen their knowledge and skills.

What Educators Say

We have already worked with the Good Start methodology in more than 300 schools and so far we have trained over 800 teachers from all over the Czech Republic.

Thanks to the methodology, we have precise guidelines and strategies for working with children. It helps us in our personal development, which then carries over into our work with children and changes the way we work with children.
Jindřich Tlápek
Meaningful School, Prague 8
The Good Start methodology gives us precise guidelines and strategies for working with children. It helps us in our personal development, which then carries over into our work with the children and changes the atmosphere in the classroom.
Kateřina Nováková
Kindergarten Kolárova, Mělník
The Good Start methodology gives us precise guidelines and strategies for working with children. It helps us in our personal development, which then carries over into our work with the children and changes the atmosphere in the classroom.
Kateřina Nováková
Kindergarten Kolárova, Mělník
From Finland to the Czech Republic

The KiVa® programme – from the Finnish Kiusaamista Vastaan, “against bullying” – is a scientifically proven programme to prevent bullying in schools. It was developed by the University of Turku for the Finnish Ministry of Education and is now being adopted by schools across the developed world.

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SCHOLA EMPIRICA has been granted a research licence by the Finnish partners until 2024, when the programme can be piloted in the Czech environment.

All materials have been translated by professional translators and locally adapted by experts in education and bullying. The research licence is currently being piloted, inspired by the implementation of the KiVa programme in different parts of the world, not only in Finland.

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