First in the Southern Hemisphere
All of us at Accent Learning felt very fortunate to be able to host Professor Christina Salmivalli and Dr. Virpi Pöyhönen when they visited us in New Zealand recently. As exclusive licence holders for New Zealand, a group of us undertook KiVa training over four days to become certified New Zealand trainers.
We knew the programme was impressive and that there were clear links to the New Zealand curriculum but still we were surprised at the depth and richness of the material. We now understand how much work it took to get to the programme development stage and how much research had gone on before.
It is evidence based in its conception and proven in its implementation.
We are now ready to go and excited about the prospect of having a positive impact on bullies, victims and bystanders and to reducing the number of bullying incidents. We are looking forward to creating a New Zealand community of KiVa schools.
Watch out for more news as we begin our work in schools!