|Ever since the UN secretary general’s study on Violence against Children was published organisations such as Plan International have been attempting to reduce the fear that many children have when they go to school.
Plan International has released a progress report for the Learn Without Fear Campaign. Learn Without Fear, a global campaign to protect tens of millions of children from violence and bullying in schools, has made impressive progress in its first year. Plan’s Learn Without Fear campaign was set up to address the fact that cruel and humiliating forms of physical punishment, gender-based violence and bullying are a daily reality for millions of children. Each year, 150 million girls and 73 million boys across the world are subjected to sexual violence, and 20-65 per cent of schoolchildren report being verbally or physically bullied. At present, almost 90 countries have not yet prohibited corporal punishment in schools. Plan believes that every child has the right to a safe school environment and envisions a world where children can go to school in safety and learn without fear or threats of violence.
The report highlights a number developments:
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