This month, PPMI was awarded its first contract with UNESCO, namely to conduct a multi-country study on the role of teachers in ensuring safe and non-violent learning environments.

At the moment, more than 246 million children worldwide are experiencing some form of violence at school. This includes various forms of violence such as physical, psychological and sexual violence, as well as bullying. To address this issue, UNESCO and its global partners launched a campaign called “Safe to Learn” which encourages governments around the world to take action against school violence.

Although the role of teachers in creating a safe, non-violent learning environment is undisputed, current evidence on the attitudes, perceptions, views and knowledge of teachers in relation to school violence is limited. Therefore, PPMI was contracted to study how teachers see their role in preventing and addressing these situations and to what extent they have the necessary skills to do so.

The results of the study will inform UNESCO and its “Safe to Learn” partners about different strategies and practices used by teachers across the world and what efforts and interventions are necessary to increase teachers’ capacity to create a non-violent learning environment.

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