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March 02, 2020 Monday 11:03:07 AM IST

UNESCO against bullying

Policy Indications

UNESCO member states have strongly come out against violence and bullying in schools and decided to observe the first Thursday of November every year as International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying. It is a recognition that school-related violence in all its forms is an infringement of children and adolescent's right to education, health, and well-being. The proposal for the international day from France, Mexico and Morocco noted that the need to genuinely address the root causes of violence and promote a culture of respect for students' rights. A UNESCO status report showed that almost one in three students have been bullied by peers at school at least once in October 2019. The World Anti-Bullying Forum has welcomed the UNESCO initiative. The aim of the multi-disciplinary forum is to broaden the understanding of bullying and create effective approaches to counter it.