(RJR) – UNICEF Calls for Action against Bullying: A report released by UNICEF on Thursday shows that half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – about 150 million young people – experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school.
The report adds that bullying in schools affects student learning and well-being in rich and poor countries.
The latest data from a study conducted in 2015 show that six in ten Jamaican students say they have been bullied at some point in their lives.
UNICEF is therefore urging countries to implement policies and legislation needed to protect students from violence in schools, including the promotion of discipline in the classroom.
UNICEF is also urging countries to strengthen prevention and response measures in schools and to collect better, disaggregated data on violence against children in and around schools and sharing what works.
As part of the campaign, UNICEF Jamaica will engage young people to share their views on violence at schools at a Youth Talk in November, which is celebrated as Youth Month.