A new summary of global progress to end corporal punishment in schools

The Global Initiative is delighted to present a new briefing, Teaching without violence: Prohibiting corporal punishment.

Children have a right to learn without violence in school, whether in a public, private, government-subsidised or faith based institution. As well as violating children’s rights, overwhelming evidence shows that the use of corporal punishment in schools can impede learning and contribute to school drop-out. A school culture that ensures a safe, respectful environment for students and teaching staff and promotes learning benefits students, teachers and the wider community and is shown to rely less on violence as a means to discipline or educate.

This new briefing tracks progress prohibiting and eliminating corporal punishment in schools worldwide. In particular, it:

  • Highlights the states where corporal punishment remains lawful in some or all schools
  • Sets out the key elements of making prohibition a reality, and
  • Showcases programmes by our partners around the world seeking to end violence in schools.
Read the briefing


This update, an interactive global map showing the legality of corporal punishment in schools, our schools FAQs and more are now available at endcorporalpunishment.org/schools.

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