Safe to Learn

#SafetoLearn is a new campaign dedicated to ending violence in schools so children are free to learn, thrive and pursue their dreams. It was initially conceived by members of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children: UNESCO, UNICEF, UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNGEI. Our vision is to work with governments, civil society organisations, communities, teachers and children themselves to end all violence in every school by 2024.

On January 22, we introduced Safe to Learn and our Call to Action to more than 100 Education Ministers at the Education World Forum in London.

We are taking a partnership approach to this campaign and working to build momentum, bring partners on board, and capitalize on the great work already being done to to end violence in and through schools.

We are exploring ways of collaborating to build momentum and create demand for positive change through communications, advocacy, resource generation and targeted interventions.

Safe to Learn

Photo: © Barbara Davidson for End Violence

We are igniting this global campaign because:

Children want, expect and deserve to be safe at school

Violence in schools is a priority concern for children, and it is our responsibility to put a stop to it.

Read their Manifesto

Violence in schools is a global issue

Contexts vary, but every country can do more to make children safe at school.

More about the issue

We know what works to end violence in schools

We’re asking everyone to help keep students safe.

Our Call to Action

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What is school violence and bullying?

School violence describes the physical, psychological and sexual violence that takes place in schools. Bullying is one of the most common forms of school violence, characterized by aggressive behaviour that involves unwanted, negative actions repeated over time and an imbalance of power or strength between the perpetrators and the victims.

Most school violence occurs between students. Certain forms of violence however, such as physical and sexual violence, are sometimes perpetrated by teachers or other school staff against students.

While school violence often occurs on school premises, it also takes place on the way to and from school. Increasingly, among students, it happens online and using mobile phones, often referred to as cyberbullying.

How big is the problem?

School violence is a global problem. Almost one in three students (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month, almost one in three (32.4%) has been physically attacked at least once in the past year, and more than one in three students (36%) has been involved in a physical fight with another student.

Physical bullying is the most frequent type of bullying in many regions, with the exception of North America and Europe, where psychological bullying is most common. Sexual bullying is the second most common in many areas. Cyberbullying, while occurring less than other forms of bullying, is increasing.

*Source: UNESCO

Partners Publications:

UNESCO - Behind the numbers : Ending school violence and bullying

This UNESCO publication provides an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of global and regional prevalence and trends related to school-related violence and examines the nature and impact of school violence and bullying. (Released 22 January 2019)


Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Corporal punishment remains lawful in some or all schools in 68 states worldwide. As well as violating children’s rights, evidence shows that its use in schools can impede learning and contribute to school drop-out. And yet, efforts to prohibit it are often met with strong opposition. (Released 22 January 2019)


UNICEF - An everyday lesson

Globally, half of students aged 13–15 experience peer-to-peer violence in and around school. This violence has short-term effects on their educational achievement and leaves a long-term impression on their futures. This report outlines the prevalence of violence in and around schools and highlights students’, partners’ and UNICEF efforts to #Endviolence in schools. (Released September 2018)