UNESCO: Learning without fear for children

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LEARNING WITHOUT FEAR: PREVENTING AND COMBATING SCHOOL 
RELATED GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
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SUMMARY
Proposed
decision by
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, China, Czech Republic, El
Salvador, France, Gabon, Germany,
italy, , Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico City, Netherlands,
Nigeria, Sweden, Togo, Tunisia and
United States of America
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Proposed decision
The Executive Board,
Aware
of the efforts made in the United Nations system
awareness of the international community in order to fight violence, particularly
against women, girls and children,
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The fear, the fight, the future: The threat of gun violence is a new reality for today’s students

On March 14, exactly one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, thousands of students at area schools walked out of their classrooms to honor the 17 students and faculty who lost their lives on Valentine’s Day in Florida, also demanding stronger gun control across the nation. Photo by Eze Amos

The lights were off and the door was locked in Shreya Mahadevan’s fourth-grade classroom at Johnson Elementary School. Small bodies huddled quietly behind a wall of backpacks—their teacher in tears.

“It was really scary. Petrifying,” says the 9-year-old girl about the lockdown her school was under last October, when a man in nearby Johnson Village was on the run after a reported burglary and sexual assault.

But as she huddled near the backpacks, and then ducked behind a bookshelf for cover, she didn’t know why—she just knew it felt different than the drills she’d been practicing.

“It’s not scary if we’re having a drill,” says Shreya. “It just makes you feel like you know what to do when something happens.”

Pausing for a moment, she corrects herself: “If something happens.”

(Excerpt from Samantha Baars’ article in C-Ville- read more)