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Learn Without Fear global campaign report

Plan's new report, the most comprehensive global examination of school violence yet, focuses on 3 major areas: sexual violence, corporal punishment and bullying.

The report shows that children across the world are sexually and physically abused by adults with a duty to protect them. Violence in schools is too often viewed as acceptable or necessary by education authorities, parents and governments. But the evidence uncovered shows it causes lasting mental and physical suffering.

Outrageous violation

Violence is an outrageous violation of children's fundamental rights. Education is supposed to unlock children's potential, not condemn them to an uncertain and vulnerable future.

The report shows that:
  • Girls as young as 10 are being forced to have sex by their teachers to pass exams, and threatened with poor grades and failure if they refuse.
  • Every year, more than 350,000,000 children suffer some type of violence in school. That's equivalent to more than the entire population of the United States.
  • 90 countries continue to allow teachers to legally use corporal punishment and laws in countries that do ban it are often poorly enforced.

Violence in schools ruins the one real chance of a better and more prosperous life for many children, and denies the communities and countries of a vital national asset. And all this is going on everyday, everywhere in schools that are supposed to nurture and protect children.

All violence against children is preventable. It does not need to happen.

Plan wants to put a stop to violence in schools. That's why we have created Learn Without Fear.
Will you join us?

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Supporting research

Plan's report drew heavily on 3 commissioned pieces of research:

Help end violence in schools

Everyone benefits from reducing violence in schools

Everyone can play their part in reducing school violence

Research shows corporal punishment can cause children to feel suicidal

Children have the right to be safe at school

90 countries legally permit corporal punishment in schools

No country is immune from violence in schools

Violence in schools happens everywhere, every day

Violence in schools has devastating long-term consequences

All violence in schools is preventable

In Zambia one-third of 13-15 year-olds have been raped

Children who suffer family violence are more likely to be bullies

When the school year started, my father refused to provide my school dues. Since I did not have textbooks, I was beaten in front of others and driven away from school for one week. I was very ashamed and thought of leaving school.

Girl, 10 years old, Cameroon