Facts

  • About 720 million school-aged children live in countries where they are not fully protected by law from corporal punishment at school.
  • Globally, half of students aged 13–15, about 150 million, report experiencing peer-to-peer violence in and around school.
  • Almost one in three students (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month
  • More than one in three students (36%) has been involved in a physical fight with another student and almost one in three (32.4%) has been physically attacked at least once in the past year.
  • Cyberbullying affects as many as one in ten children.

*Sources: UNESCO & UNICEF

Partners Publications:

UNESCO - Behind the numbers : Ending school violence and bullying

This UNESCO publication provides an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of global and regional prevalence and trends related to school-related violence and examines the nature and impact of school violence and bullying. 


To be released on Tuesday 22 January 2019

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Corporal punishment remains lawful in some or all schools in 68 states worldwide. As well as violating children’s rights, evidence shows that its use in schools can impede learning and contribute to school drop-out. And yet, efforts to prohibit it are often met with strong opposition.


To be released on Tuesday 22 January 2019

UNICEF - An everyday lesson

Globally, half of students aged 13–15 experience peer-to-peer violence in and around school. This violence has short-term effects on their educational achievement and leaves a long-term impression on their futures. This report outlines the prevalence of violence in and around schools and highlights students’, partners’ and UNICEF efforts to #Endviolence in schools. (Released September 2018)


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