RAMALLAH, September 12, 2013 (WAFA) – The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, Thursday launched the Policy of Non-violence and Enhancing Discipline in West Bank schools during ceremonies held in Ramallah and attended by senior Palestinian officials.
Speaking on this occasion, June Kunugi, UNICEF Special Representative to Palestine, said the national policy has been developed and piloted through an intensive, cooperative and consultative effort between the Palestinian Authority, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and academia.
She said teachers, school health staff, principals, counselors, students and parents were all partners in the process over the past five years.
“This year is a milestone year for the rights of Palestinian children,” said Kunugi. “The 28th of January marked the Presidential endorsement of the Amended Child Law. On the 21st of February, the Council of Ministers endorsed the Juvenile Protection Law and National Juvenile Justice Strategic Framework.”
Today, she added, “is another landmark day, with the endorsement and launch of the national “Policy of Non-violence and Enhancing Discipline in School.”
Kunugi said UNICEF will support implementation of this policy throughout Palestine.
“Reinforcing a safe learning environment protects children from violence; reduces poor performance and dropout; enables teachers to use child-friendly learning approaches and positive disciplinary measures; and increases chances for children to fulfill their full potential,” she said.