Too many schools in Europe continue to be confronted with
very serious acts of violence. Incidents include attacks by pupils
with or without weapons, bullying and harassment among pupils, sexual
violence, acts of hostility and even aggression against teachers
by pupils, as well as the use of violence by teachers against pupils.
In this respect, it is of utmost importance to address violence
as early as possible during school life and to introduce and further
develop education against violence at school. It is necessary to
take action at different levels and involve all key players, in
particular families, teachers and pupils.
To this end, the Parliamentary Assembly wishes to encourage
the design and effective implementation of proactive educational
policies against violence at school and in society in general, based
on a coherent set of guiding principles.