Preventing Violence against Children at Schools: Unique Opportunity for Early Gains

Date: Oct 13, 2021
Time: 9 am ET | 3 pm CT | 4 pm EAT
Address: Online
Organizer: Safe to Learn, Coalition for Good Schools

More than a billion children are expected to be learning on any given school day and will spend up to seven hours in the presence of their classmates and a teacher or adult who is mandated to foster their learning and development. Yet, in some countries, up to 95% of students experience corporal punishment at school and a third of children report experiencing physical and psychological bullying.

Safe and inclusive education is a basic right of every child, but for too many children around the world, this opportunity is denied. Large numbers of children are intimidated, marginalized and prevented from fully engaging in their educational opportunities due to fear of violence and harm that is perpetrated in learning environments, be they at school, on the way to school, at home, or online. 

As governments around the world shift their focus to reimagining education and work towards keeping children learning in the midst of COVID-19, the Coalition for Good Schools and the Safe to Learn Initiative have come together to co-host a Together to #ENDviolence Affiliate Event to present the case for preventing violence against children in and around schools. It will highlight research demonstrating the magnitude of the problem including the economical impacts, and will provide guidance on how to build momentum towards safer learning, for meaningful progress at the country level.

The event will present an opportunity to discuss this issue in two parts followed by a facilitated discussion.

Part 1: Why prioritize prevention of VAC at schools?

Part 2: What needs to happen to prevent VAC at schools?

Through these discussions participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the issue of violence against children in schools
  • Prioritize the issue of preventing violence against children in and through schools
  • Learn how schools can be used as a unique entry point to prevent violence
  • Collectively develop key advocacy strategies, partnerships, and messaging for sufficient investment in creating violence free schools
  • Appreciate the importance of voices from the Global South in leading this agenda


  • Dr. Howard Taylor, Executive Director, End Violence Partnership
  • Dr. Chloë Fèvre, Director, Safe to Learn Global Initiative, End Violence Partnership
  • Mr. Dipak Naker, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Raising Voices and Founder of the Coalition for Good Schools
  • Dr. Karen Devries, Professor of Social Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Dr. Quentin Wodon, Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Ms. Emily Esplen, Head of Ending Violence Team, UK FCDO
  • Stuart Cameron, Thematic Lead on Equity & Inclusion at Global Partnership for Education
  • Dr. John Kalage, Executive Director, HakiElimu
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