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"Learn Without Fear" a timely campaign, says LNU prexy

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (21 February) -- The Plan Philippines launched yesterday a regional campaign geared towards decreasing the incidence of violence againt children (VAC), according to Rodel C. Bontuyan, Area Manager-Plan Visayas.

Bontuyan said VAC incidents degrade the morale of the mentors and the quality of teaching, resulting in increasing number of dropouts in contradiction to the campaign of the Department of Education (DepEd) for zero drop rate in terms of enrollment.

A, this awareness campaign commenced from a research study entitled Towards A Child-Friendly School Environment A Baseline Study On Violence Against Children in Public School which Plan Philippines commissioned the Philippine School of Social Work (PSSW) of the Philippine Women's University to undertake a study on Violence Against Children (VAC) in public schools in areas covered by PLAN programs.

The study showed that a total of 2,442 children from 58 public schools in Masbate, Northern Samar and the Camotes Island in Cebu participated in the study. Other stakeholders such as the parents and other community representatives, schools personnel and guidance counselors were also part of the study, he said.

Mr. Bontuyan further revealed that the results of the study indicates that at least five out of ten children in Grades 1-3, seven out of ten in Grades 4-6, and six out of ten in high school have experienced some kind of violence in school.

Verbal abuse is the most prevalent form of violence experienced by children in all school levels. This includes being ridiculed and teased, being shouted at and being cursed or spoken with harsh words. Male children are most likely to experience physical violence than female children. The perpetrators of such acts or omissions are no less than the children's peers or their immediate mentors.

Mr. Bontuyan called for the united effort between the government and the private sector to address the ill-effect of such violence which traumatized them and affect their growth.

In her inspirational message during the Regional Campaign on Learn Without Fear at Hotel Alejandro, yesterday, Dr. Evelyn C. Cruzada, President Leyte Normal University (LNU) said that this is a timely campaign for the Plan Philippines and all stakeholders to defeat the violence against children which affects their study and growth.

Dr. Cruzada further said that self esteem absorb the lesson and it enable the children comeback to school from time to time when the classroom is conducive to learning and in the long run this student become law abiding, peace loving and successful citizen in the future that will help uplift the status of our country. (PIA-8) [top]

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