For far too many students around the world, violence has become an everyday lesson, but together we can change the situation and create safe environments where children and young people can live and learn without fear.
If you are a student, or a young person, you can :
Be kind: Strike up a conversation with a shy classmate or quiet coworker. Even something small can improve someone’s day – especially if they are going through something difficult.
Speak out: If you are worried about your or a friend’s safety, urgently speak to someone you trust – this could be a parent, teacher, close friend, older sibling, or a child helpline, which are often anonymous. You can call the toll-free child helpline 116 to report any cases of violence against children.
Remember that you are not alone. Do not keep your fears, concerns or questions to yourself. We know it can be difficult to tell another person about what is happening, because of shame or embarrassment, but you have a right to be safe! If it's difficult to talk about, try writing your experiences down and giving it to someone you trust to read or by sending/ posting/ dropping it anonymously somewhere a responsible/ trusted adult can see.
Get creative: Create your School Superhero comic to help you and your friend and fellow students feel safe to learn.
Deepen your knowledge & take action: Use the Safe to Learn activity pack (external link, data charges may apply) to know more about the issue of violence against children and young people and create your own change projects for change:
Develop a safety charter in your school, or make a ‘paperchain of promises’ to promote safety
Do a school safety walk and a student-led action plan
Create a community map and action plan
Campaign to make schools safer in your country.
If you need guidance on how to set up a project and a team in your community you can read our “GENERATION UNLIMITED - THE FUTURE IS YOURS!” content on Internet of Good Things. You can access the GENERATION UNLIMITED - THE FUTURE IS YOURS content by clicking here
Don’t let violence be an everyday lesson. Demand change to #ENDviolence in schools.