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7 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bullying at schools

35pc of Bangladeshi teens victim: Unicef

Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school
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35pc of Bangladeshi teens victim: Unicef

In Bangladesh, 35 per cent students aged 13 to 15 years reported being bullied one or more days in the past 30 days and/or involved in a physical fight at least once in 2014, reports Unicef, reports UNB. Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide - around 150 million - report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by Unicef yesterday.

An Everyday Lesson: #END violence in Schools says that peer violence - measured as the number of children who report of having been bullied in the last month or having been involved in a physical fight in the last year - is a pervasive part of young people's education around the world. It impacts student learning and well-being in rich and poor countries alike.

Meanwhile, nearly 720 million school-aged children live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited.

"Education is the key to building peaceful societies, and yet, for millions of children around the world, school itself is not safe," said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

"Every day, students face multiple dangers, including fighting, pressure to join gangs, bullying - both in person and online, violent discipline, sexual harassment and armed violence. In the short-term this impacts their learning, and in the long-term it can lead to depression, anxiety and even suicide. Violence is an unforgettable lesson that no child needs to learn."

The report outlines a variety of ways students face violence in and around the classroom.

According to the latest available data from Unicef, globally, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 experience bullying, and roughly the same proportion are involved in physical fights.

And 3 in 10 students in 39 industrialised countries admit to bullying peers.

In 2017, there were 396 documented or verified attacks on schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 26 on schools in South Sudan, 67 attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic and 20 attacks in Yemen.

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