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Too often in silence - A report on school based violence in West and Central Africa

School-based violence denies children’s right to education.

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The report ´Too often in Silence´ is a joint publication by ActionAid, Plan West Africa Regional Office, Save the Children Sweden West Africa, and UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office as part of their joint Education and Protection Initiative launched following the publication of the United Nations Report on Violence Against Children in 2008.

This report is aimed at policy makers, education and child protection programmers, and broadly at education stakeholders from teachers’ unions, educators, and children and communities.

The report aims to:
• help understand the context and causes of violence in and around schools in West and Central Africa, its nature, and its impact on students’ physical, psychological and sexual well-being and more broadly on communities and nations
• synthesize evidence on the prevalence, frequency and intensity of school-based violence
• propose key recommendations for tackling the problem.

This report is complemented by a document Addressing violence in schools: Selected initiatives from West and Central Africa presenting selected current responses to school-based violence at national, community and school levels.

Violence in schools: multifaceted societal issue
School-based violence is not a problem confined to schools but a complex, multifaceted societal issue. School-based violence has root causes in and consequences for all levels of society.

The report explores how school-based violence denies children’s right to education and threatens social cohesion and development when children are exposed to successive or concurrent forms of violence such as corporal and degrading punishment, sexual violence, abuse and exploitation and other forms of violence such as physical violence, psychological violence and bullying, throughout their schooling.

Protection frameworks
Although countries in West and Central Africa have ratified international instruments that protect children’s rights to non-violent education (UN Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child), national provisions to fulfill these rights are often inadequate, both due to international and national constraints.

The report give a set of recommendations for governments, for Bretton Woods agencies, for development agencies and NGOs, for teacher corps, educational staff and unions, for schools, for families, youth and children to strengthen and accelerate interventions against violence in schools in West and Central Africa.

 Download the Report
 Download the Document 'Selected Initiatives'
 Download the Bibliography
 Download the Desk Review





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