Seven out of 10 students in Asia face violence in school 


March 3: A study over 9,000 students across five countries in Asia showed that seven out of 10 children have experienced violence in school.

The study conducted by a children’s-rights group ‘Plan’ under the initiatives of Promoting Equality and Safety in Schools. Data were collected from male and female students ages 12 to 17. Their parents, teachers and headmasters were also involved in the study. The countries those involved in the study are Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal.

The study has several disturbing implications, with emotional violence the most prevalent form of school harassment, followed by physical violence. More boys reported facing physical violence than girls, and regressive gender attitudes are a significant contributor to school violence in overall.

Indonesia showed the highest rate of gender-based violence in schools out of the five countries surveyed, with 84 percent of students having experienced violence, while Pakistan had the lowest at 43 percent.

The prevalence of the problem in the Southeast Asian nation is illustrated by shocking videos uploaded to YouTube.

The Oslo Times

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