Safe to Learn Tracks Progress in Four Countries

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Safe to Learn, an initiative to end violence in and through schools, has released a synthesis report tracking progress in Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan and Uganda.

The good practices identified, as well as some common gaps and challenges among the country studies, provide the basis for recommendations to policy makers and partners worldwide.

Safe to Learn Diagnostic Exercises - Synthesis Report

To support country level action to meet the challenge of violence against children in schools, the Safe to Learn Call to Action was translated into a series of “benchmarks” to make schools safer for children, along with national, district and school-level checkpoints for each sector to get there. This was done with the support of UNICEF and UK FCDO.

These benchmarks and checkpoints formed the basis for a diagnostic tool, which measures the degree to which governments are meeting the five priorities of the Call to Action. The aims of these exercises were to:

  1. Identify good practices and gaps in government efforts to address violence in schools
  2. Identify priority actions with ministries moving forward
  3. Establish a baseline from which to measure progress from 2019-2024

The report synthesizes learnings from the diagnostic exercises that were piloted in the four countries, which consisted of a document review of relevant laws and policies, and various interviews with stakeholders at the national, district and school level to assess the degree to which these laws and policies were being implemented.

In this report, you will find an overview of the context and policy landscape regarding violence in schools, methodology, main findings on what countries are doing under each Call to Action area and its benchmark, good practices, challenges and gaps.

Recommendations

The report also identifies recommendations to better support governments to ensure that schools are safe environments that enhance learning for all children.

Recommendations include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure strategies to prevent violence in and around school are explicitly included in the education sector plan and accompanied by key indicators, action plans and budgets and that these strategies are resourced.
  • Include support for coordination, monitoring and evaluation of violence prevention initiatives in all education sector plans.
  • Strengthen dissemination of national policies, plans and guidelines on preventing violence in school to sub-national and school levels and ensure stronger enforcement at these levels.
  • Ensure the Ministry of Education is included in the national child protection policy framework and participates in the multi-sectoral child protection coordination mechanism.
  • Increase focus on shifting social norms to end violence against children in school, including through greater use of existing platforms (for example: student curriculum, teacher training, etc.).
  • And more.

Read the report and access the annexes

Read the synthesis report and access the two-page summary at the links or through the files below.

Below, you will find the annexes* of the synthesis report, including:

*Note: Annexes 1 and 2 are included within the synthesis report.

Materials