Plan International,UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund
For most boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean, school represents the environment in which they spend the great majority of time in their everyday lives. The school’s general role is to educate, nourish and protect its students. In the Latin American and Caribbean region, however, schools are dramatically failing in this sense and violence plays an ominous role in this context: The practice of corporal punishment is still present, as is emotional mistreatment and sexual abuse on the part of teachers, both male and female. The study aims to be an instrument of debate and reflection, to help define and obtain sustainable and effective measures which contribute to put an end to violence against children and adolescents in schools and in all aspects of their lives. Violencia escolar en América Latina y el Caribe. Superficie y fondo (“School Violence in Latin America And The Caribbean: Surface and Depth”) was developed with the support of Plan International and UNICEF in 2011.