No one should be afraid to go to school. Yet for many students around the world, school is a dangerous place.

In fact, half of the world's teens experience peer violence in and around school, with:

  • 1 in 3 students aged 13–15 experiencing bullying
  • 1 in 3 students aged 13–15 involved in physical fights
  • 500 verified attacks on schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen - in 2017 alone
  • 720 million school-aged children living in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited

Violence in schools – from bullying to sexual harassment and corporal punishment – is common enough to feel inevitable, especially for children living in extreme poverty or crisis situations. But it’s not. It’s preventable. And we can all do something about it.

Left unchecked, school violence can have serious long-term consequences on children’s lives. It means they skip school or stop attending altogether, risking their futures and the future of the communities where they live.

Together we can change the situation. Are you aged 13-24 years? If so, complete our survey questions and join thousands of young people around the world who are speaking out about what’s happening in their schools and what they need to be safe.

Global Citizen is teaming up with UNICEF ahead of the Global Citizen Mandela 100 concert in Johannesburg this December to share your results with young people gathering at a Summit in Africa, who will use your responses to create the first ever Youth Manifesto to #EndViolence in Schools. We will take the Manifesto to education ministers and other leaders to demand change to #ENDViolence in schools.

Classroom by classroom, school by school, country by country, we can #ENDviolence in schools.