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Plan International Ecuador ask to stop the abuse in schools

Plan International Ecuador joined the Ministry of Education’s initiative to build public policies for the prevention of violence in educational institutions.

In a meeting attended by various organizations dedicated to children and adolescents, the director of Plan International Ecuador, Rossana Viteri, asked the Minister, Fander Falconi, to declare emergency in the education sector in order to take urgent measures to stop the situation of helplessness which girls, boys and adolescents find themselves in at schools.

The director of Plan International Ecuador presented several proposals to tackle and prevent sexual abuse in schools, from a preventative perspective. The first of these was to create a school certification that allows for the establishment of compulsory protection protocols. The second is that, within the project of Comprehensive Organic Law to Prevent and Eradicate Gender Violence against Women, a specific specific title on girls should be included.

Finally, Rossana Viteri requested to approve the Law of the Integral Protection System and the Law of Corporal Punishment. "We have to reestablish the protection system for girls, boys and adolescents and the approval of all these laws is fundamental to achieving this," she explained.

For his part, the Minister of Education, Fander Falconí, said that he is working on changing a regulation that allows for the non-expiration of the administrative sanctioning action regarding sexual crimes committed against children and adolescents, a document that has already been presented to the National Assembly for its consideration.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Álvaro Sáenz, insisted on the need to set up a table to collect proposals and sustain actions articulated within the framework of the National Plan for Harmonious Coexistence and Culture of Peace "More United, More Protected”.

Among the participating institutions were: Unicef, Save the Children, World Vision Ecuador, Plural, Plan International, Childfund Ecuador, National Council of Children and Adolescents and Dinapen. All of them contributed experiences and showed their predisposition to strengthen public policies in support of the prevention of violence against children and adolescents.