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Ana today met with pupils, parents and teachers of five primary schools in Belgrade included into the “School without Violence” programme, the UNICEF campaign that she fronts.
Together with pupils of the host “Filip Filipović“ primary school, as well as the primary schools of “Mihajlo Petrovic”, “Svetislav Golubovic Mitraljeta”, “Miroslav Antićc" and “Vasa Carapicc", Ana stimulated the work of a peer team.
They together defined the rules and discussed the importance of obeying and implementing the rules in order to reduce violent behavior and promote the values of friendship, solidarity, honesty, understanding in the classroom.
Ana spoke about the importance of obeying rules in order to achieve results. She shared with them her own experience about the rules that she had to respect regarding regular training, nutrition and rest in order to be among the world's top tennis players.
"It is not easy to be an athlete. There are really many rules we have to comply with in professional sports," said Ana.
"It is not hard to me; I know why I conform to them because it is important to me to achieve what I believe in. It’s the same with violence. If we believe that friendship is most important, that we can agree on everything, that each one of is of worth, that there are other ways to prove ourselves instead of making fun of or harassing someone – it will not be difficult for us to obey the rules that promote non-violent behavior."
At the end of the meeting, Ana once again called upon each individual, from pupils and parents to teachers and the society as a whole, to invest efforts in order to eliminate violence in schools.
More photos from the event will be posted in the coming days