We celebrate International Day Against School Violence and Bullying including Cyberbullying every year on 2 November to recognize that all forms of school-related violence are an infringement of children's and adolescents’ rights to education and their health and well-being.
It was first celebrated in 2023 under the theme "No place for fear: Ending school violence for better mental health and learning".
It is not enough for children to attend school. We must also ensure they are safe doing so. Violence prevention and response should be integrated into education policy and programming to ensure safe schools for all students.
Schools have a responsibility to empower students to prevent school-related gender-based violence.
Powered by data, an upcoming national initiative aims to create safer schools in order to develop safer communities.
All children have a right to learn. The threat of violence stops many from going to school and many more from achieving learning outcomes. If they are serious about education, governments must invest in understanding the nature and drivers of violence against children and use data and evidence to ensure their safety.