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Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in educational institutions

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06 September 2018

Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in educational institutions

Physical violence and bullying disrupt the education of
150 million 13-15-year-olds worldwide

TASHKENT, 6 September 2018 – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million young people – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school. This is one of the facts in a new global report released by UNICEF in New York.

The report entitled ‘Violence in Schools: An Everyday Lesson’ says that violence in schools is a pervasive part of young people’s education around the world. It impacts student learning and well-being in rich and poor countries alike.

Students can face various forms of violence in and around the classroom. According to the report:

• Globally, slightly more than one in every three of students aged 13-15 experience bullying, and roughly the same proportion are involved in physical fights.
• 3 in 10 students in 39 countries in Europe and North America admit to bullying peers.
• Nearly 750 million school-aged children live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited.

Violence affects students’ wellbeing and their ability to learn and succeed. It decreases their self-esteem, reduces attendance, lowers grades and leads many children to drop out of school altogether. Violence also undermines investments in health, early childhood development and education. It impedes economic growth.

“No child should be afraid to go to school. And yet, too many students around the world face multiple dangers,” said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “Violence is an unforgettable lesson that no child needs to learn, and it is preventable. And because we can prevent it, we must.”

To end violence in schools, UNICEF and partners are calling for urgent action in the following areas:

• Implementing policies and legislation needed to protect students from violence in schools.
• Strengthening prevention and response measures in schools.
• Urging communities and individuals to join students as they speak up about violence and work to change the culture of classrooms and communities.
• More investments that help students and schools stay safe.
• Collecting better, disaggregated data on violence against children in and around schools and sharing what works.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Uzbekistan, visit

For more information, please contact:

Atul Kumar, Chief of Communication, phone: +998 93 5500135,
Furkat Lutfulloev, Child Protection Specialist, phone: +998 93 5000615,
Maksim Fazlitdinov, Communication for Development Officer, phone: +998 93 5050162,

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