Half of teens around the world – about 150 million – have experienced peer violence in and around school, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The number of children reporting bullying in the past month or participating in fights in the past year is growing. This phenomenon affects the education process and happiness of children in both rich and poor countries.

“Education is the solution to creating a conflict-free society, however, school is a dangerous place for millions of teens around the world,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. “Students face many dangers every day, including fights, pressure to join armed groups, intimidation in person and on the Internet, harsh discipline, sexual harassment and armed violence. This affects their learning and well-being and can even lead to depression, anxiety and suicide. Violence is a lesson that cannot be forgotten and that none of the teens should learn.”

The Latest Statistics from UNICEF

UNICEF Calling for Action

To stop violence in schools, UNICEF requests immediate action:

UNICEF calls on teens around the world to speak out to stop violence in and around schools, what ways they are using to stop this harmful legacy in school once and for all.

If a child (teenager) tells you that he or she has experienced domestic violence