From the latest INEE newsletter a report on school based violence. In any contxt school based violence is unforgivable in the name of education. Corporal punishment cannot be condoned in an era of protection of children’s rights.
Too Often in Silence – Report of School-Based Violence in West and Central Africa
This report discusses school violence in West and Central Africa and finds that over half of primary school children in the region were victims of corporal punishment in schools. The report also highlights that children with disabilities and those displaced by conflict are particularly at risk of school-based violence.
Violence in school can lead to high drop-out rates, reduces the chances of achieving the Millennium Development Goal on gender parity in primary and secondary schools, can destroy children’s psychological well-being, can impact their grades, and has health consequences.
The report calls on governments to harmonize laws on child protection and education, and impose stricter standards on schools to reduce violence. Recommendations for curbing and tackling this trend are offered for governments, aid organizations, NGOs, schools, teachers, and the community.
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