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UNICEF reveal extent of peer violence problem among world's adolescents

A new report from the UNICEF, published Wednesday September 5th, asks the question 'How safe are schools?'.

It found that half of the world's adolescents, about 150 million young people, experience peer violence in and around school. This number includes students who report having been bullied in the last month or having had a physical fight within the past year. This violence has short-term effects on young people's educational achievement and long-term impacts on their health and wellbeing for the future.

The report is based on analysis of data from the Health Behaviour in School aged Children cross-national study and the Global School-based Student Health Surveys. The data come from 122 countries, representing 51% of the global population of children between the ages of 13 and 15.

The report's authors estimate that the cost of all violence against children is 7 trillion (US) dollars. They call on people from all corners of the world to join together to demand – and deliver – safe environments where students can learn without fear.

"UNICEF is working with partners all over the world to implement a number of measures, with an emphasis on placing children themselves at the center of this change by supporting children to speak up against violence in schools and to learn themselves how to treat each other with kindness and respect," said Claudia Cappa, a senior adviser on statistics at UNICEF and a contributor to the new report.

To find out more about the report and how to support the call to #ENDviolence in Schools, download the report, 'An Everyday Lesson' for free here.

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