"Punishing doesn't work in any realm...a bully isn't a bad kid, their behaviour is. But until we put empathy and compassion around them, they will continue to be the kids who get expelled and continue the cycle of bullying.
INFLUENCE THE INFLUENCER
Teach the teachers, sport coaches and community leaders how and why it's in everyone's best interest to have empathy for the bully."
Paul Zappa. Director and Founder of NIRODAH
A little about us
Established in 2009, NIRODAH is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced and innovative companies in the violence prevention field, delivering evidence based and highly engaging respectful relationship education to students, teachers and coaches. Empathy, compassion and kindness are at the core of all our programs.
Emotional intelligence is key to changing the culture and attitudes of our community. By equipping children and young people with the tools to understand their inner world, they are better placed to make healthier decisions for themselves and the flow on effect is a healthier and happier community.
Best known for our Respect Ambassador Program and Be The Hero! Program, NIRODAH continues to develop world best practice teaching and learning strategies and resources to assist schools and sporting organisations to develop positive and engaging respectful relationship education initiatives that are specific to their audience.
NIRODAH also provides high quality school counselling services, placing our psychologists in schools and supporting them to work alongside school welfare teams to provide the best possible support for young people in primary and secondary schools.
Our mission is to empower young people with the knowledge and confidence to work through issues in their own lives as well as the skills and language that lead to the development of positive and respectful relationships. We know that this is the key to lowering the prevalence of violence in our community.
Sept 2017 - ALL ABOUT THE BOY
"I attended Monday nights talk at Footscray West Primary School with my 8 year old son. I didn’t get the chance to speak with you after the session as my young lad was a bit tired by then. I must admit that my wife told me that I had to go so I begrudgingly went along, but as soon as you started talking you had my full attention. I just wanted to thank you for your talk, it was really moving and inspiring and great to hear and see what you are doing to help today’s youth.
I’m not one that usually attends these events and I’ve never followed up with an email before but I just wanted to make sure that you knew that what you are doing is very inspiring.
As I lost my father a few months ago I really understood the value of hugging your old man, and I hope my three kids will continue that with me.
Keep up the great work."