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Safe to Learn?

Global evidence showing how violence affects children’s outcomes at school

Deborah Fry*

Improving education quality and raising learning outcomes are central to the post-2015 global education agenda. Still, both within and without schools, significant barriers to learning exist. Among these, violence in childhood is increasingly recognised as a serious problem that has a profound negative impact on educational outcomes. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1] include specific goals to end violence, improve educational outcomes and to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, but there is a lack of information which shows how these aims are interconnected.

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Reducing violence in young children’s lives: an interview with Cecilia Vaca Jones

Cecilia Vaca Jones* is Programme Director, Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF). Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Coordinating Minister of Social Development of Ecuador from April 2013 to March 2016. This email interview was conducted by Sudeshna Mukherjee.

1. You were previously Coordinating Minister of Social Development for the Government of Ecuador.  Could you elaborate and cite some of the policies that you have helped shape towards a better and safer childhood?

As Coordinating Minister of Social Development, I was able to oversee the branch of government that works to meet social development goals for the country. During the three years of my tenure, I was able to contribute to the creation, evaluation, review and innovation of policies in vital areas of social development, promising better living for all Ecuadorians, especially for children. Among the most important policies that I was able to help promote and enforce, were the early childhood national strategy, educational reforms, healthcare reforms, social security reforms and the poverty alleviation national strategy. In the last nine years, the Government of Ecuador achieved important social indicators.

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How safe do Brazilian kids feel?

A new mobile app tested in 14 cities is generating some surprising answers

Robert Muggah, Renata Giannini, and Natalie Hanna*

Violence against children is a global problem. Homicides alone claims the lives of close to 100,000 children a year. To put the scale of the impact in perspective, the Ebola virus killed 11,315 people in almost two years. About 1 in 4 of all child-related homicides occurs in Latin America. Boys are 6 times more likely to be a victim than girls (19 per 100,000 compared to 3 per 100,000).

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