Millions of students are harmed by bullying and violence
UNESCO report supports global efforts to make schools safer
SEOUL, South Korea — Bullying and violence affects millions of children in schools around the world states a report released today by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Institute of School Violence Prevention at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Republic of Korea).
“School violence and bullying is a grave violation of the right to education,” said Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, adding that the report is part of UNESCO’s efforts to ensure “schools and other learning environments are safe and secure for all.”
According to the report, the responses to school violence and bullying should include such initiatives as: a commitment to creating safe, inclusive and supportive places to learn; training and support for teachers and other staff in positive forms of discipline; active participation of children and adolescents; and access to safe, confidential and child-friendly reporting mechanisms and support services.
The safety and security of children is Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s priority. We seek to protect the rights of children in their communities (including school and community child-protection committees), and our Child Protection Policy defines practices and actions we take to prevent and respond to violence and abuse.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.