Every child deserves to be safe and secure in school so that they can learn, grow and develop the skills and confidence they need to lead healthy and prosperous lives.
For too many girls and boys around the world, school is not a place of hope, but is a place of violence and fear.
We are igniting a global campaign to end violence in schools by 2024, because:
Children want, expect and deserve to be safe at school
Violence in schools is a priority concern for children, and it is our responsibility to put a stop to it.
Violence in schools is a global issue
Contexts vary, but every country can do more to make children safe at school.
We know what works to end violence in schools
There is already much being done at global, national and community levels.
Governments, civil society organizations, communities, teachers and children themselves all have a part to play in making schools safe. We are taking a partnership approach to this campaign and working to build momentum, bring partners on board, and capitalize on the great work already being done to to end violence in and through schools. We are exploring ways of collaborating to build momentum and create demand for positive change through communications, advocacy, resource generation and targeted interventions.
The campaign was conceived by members of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children: UNESCO, UNICEF, UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Civil Society Forum to End Violence Against Children. It is open to all governments and organisations to join.
With partners, and informed by the INSPIRE strategies to end violence against children, we have developed a Call to Action which sets out in high-level terms what needs to happen to end violence in schools. It recognizes that we need to work across many sectors, including health and justice, and with all levels of the wider school community. Working to end violence in and through schools supports the implementation of the INSPIRE strategies.
The Call to Action recognizes the range of contexts and varying needs to tackle school violence. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to highlight some of the actions that need to be taken.