Violence and bullying in schools, including cyber-bullying, are frequent and affect a considerable number of children and adolescents.
UNESCO Member States declared the first Thursday in November International Day Against School Violence and Bullying, including Cyberbullying, recognizing that school violence in all its forms violates the rights of children and adolescents to education, health and well-being. UNESCO calls on Member States, United Nations partners, other relevant international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations, individuals and other stakeholders to help promote, celebrate and organize the international day.
Almost one in three students has been bullied by peers at school at least once in the past month, and a similar proportion have experienced physical violence. Acts of violence and harassment in schools are mainly committed by peers, but in some cases by teachers and other school staff. In 67 countries, corporal punishment is still permitted in schools.
This violence has considerable negative repercussions, notably on school performance, mental health, and quality of life in general. Children who are frequently bullied are almost three times more likely to feel ostracized in their schools than those who are not, but also more than twice as likely to miss class. They perform worse in school than their peers and are also more likely to drop out of formal education upon leaving high school.
To mark the day, UNESCO and the French Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports, are organizing a International conference on the fight against bullying between students which will take place on November 5, 2020, 13:00am - 15:XNUMXam00 (TU) in virtual format.