Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – have experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new UNICEF report.
An everyday lesson: #ENDviolence in schools details the many forms of violence that are a pervasive part of young people’s education around the world. Violence impacts student learning and well-being in rich and poor countries alike.
- Globally, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13–15 experience bullying, and roughly the same proportion are involved in physical fights.
- 3 in 10 students in 39 industrialized countries admit to bullying peers.
- In 2017, there were 396 documented or verified attacks on schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 26 in South Sudan, 67 in Syria and 20 in Yemen.
- Nearly 720 million school-aged children live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited.
- While girls and boys are equally at risk of bullying, girls are more likely to become victims of psychological forms of bullying and boys are more at risk of physical violence and threats.
- Victims of cyberbullying are more likely to use alcohol and drugs and skip school than other students.