General project information
The "Safe Schools in the Schengen Area" project is a joint initiative of the City of Lublin, the Municipal Headquarters of the State Fire Service, the Bug Division of the Border Guard, the Municipal Police and the Municipal Guard Headquarters, for improving the safety of schools and other educational institutions in Lublin. It will help schools and other educational institutions prepare for possible risks to public safety.
The key measure within the project is to provide training for all administrative and teaching staff at schools and other educational institutions (ca. 10,000 people) regarding the appropriate behaviour in situations involving direct risk to safety. The project will also develop procedures for headpersons of schools and other educational institutions specifying appropriate behaviour in situations involving direct risk to individuals who are at school premises. Moreover, it will prepare training videos for children and teenagers and a project website. The uniformed services, employed by project partners, will receive training on Schengen regulations, and participate in English and Ukraininan language courses.
The project is being implemented by the Resident Safety and Crisis Management Department at the Lublin City Office.
The primary objective of the project is to empower a range of services to prevent and combat cross-border and organised crime, including human trafficking and itinerant criminal groups.
The specific objectives of the project:
- Providing educational staff and students with improved knowledge on the appropriate behaviour in situations involving direct risk to people on school premises, and the appropriate responses to the risk of criminal activities, such as human trafficking, drug abuse, smuggling and cyber bullying.
- Providing 60 employees of the uniformed services (Project Partners and the Municipal Guard), responsible for security policies in the Municipality of Lublin, with improved knowledge of Schengen regulations and English and Ukrainian languages.
- Disseminating project outcomes.
Target groups and project outcomes
The project is to involve the following target groups:
- the management, educational and administrative staff of schools and other educational institutions;
- the services responsible for managing security policies in the Municipality of Lublin;
- students and indirectly their families, and local communities;
- representatives of Voivodeship cities across the country, including all district cities within the Lubelskie Voivodeship, responsible for managing schools and other educational institutions, and all boards of education in Poland, and municipal police headquarters - all of which will be familiarised with project outcomes.
The management staff of schools and other educational institutions, and organisations responsible for managing security policies in the City, will receive guidance and improve their personnel's knowledge to support their more effective performance:
- procedures for educational institutions regarding the appropriate behaviour in situations involving direct risk to the safety of individuals at institution premises will allow the head teacher and educational and administrative staff to take the appropriate and organized actions and cooperate efficiently with the appropriate services;
- improving the knowledge of Project Partners' staff regarding Schengen regulations and English and Ukrainian languages (the eastern border of the Schengen Area) will allow a more effective performance by these services, including cooperation with their counterparts from other countries;
- by including all schools and other educational institutions and services responsible for managing security policies, the project will contribute to more effective cooperation between these organisations, and, consequently, to a considerable improvement in safety.
Educational staff and students, and, indirectly, also their families, will learn about:
- the appropriate responses to such risks as terrorist attacks, bomb placement and bomb threats by telephone, and psychopathic intruders;
- the identification of situations that can entail the risk of human trafficking, and the identification of victims of human trafficking and measures to be taken in such situations - in particular to warn children and teenagers about situations where someone is proposing them "attractive" work abroad or other easy ways of earning money;
- the appropriate behaviour in situations that can pose the risk of drug, designer-drug, psychoactive-substance or alcohol abuse; how to be assertive in interactions with people inciting the use/sale of such substances; how to behave in such situations, including information on institutions providing help to people at risk of such abuse;
- the appropriate behaviour at airports and on planes; how to behave when a child asks you for help in taking items which do not belong to him/her through the security check; how to respond to situations in air transport which involve direct risks;
- methods of fast and safe evacuation of premises in the events of fire or gas release;
- safe behaviour during Internet use, including measures to make children and teenagers aware of situations which can expose them to paedophilia and other forms of abuse through the Internet.
The overall cost of the project is PLN 2,500,000. The project has received a grant of PLN 2,125,000 under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The unit responsible for securing the funds was the Non-investment Project Department, the Section for educational projects, in cooperation with the Resident Safety and Crisis Management Department.
1 January 2015 – 30 April 2016
The project is being implemented by the City of Lublin, but its outcomes will have nationwide significance. Project outcomes will be made available to other communes and municipalities responsible for managing schools and other educational institutions, and organisations responsible for managing security policies in the City. No such actions have previously been implemented on this scale, and the outcomes are innovative. This is why we have decided to disseminate project outcomes across the country.
Through the education system, the project will help us increase awareness among communities in Poland about risks and the appropriate responses to situations involving direct threats to security.