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The Impact of Violence on Learning

Missing School

Violence can make it hard to attend school. There may be many different reasons that we can’t actually get to school to learn. For example, school may not run at all or it may be too dangerous to get there. We may have to leave our home, or home country, or keep moving. We may get suspended or asked to leave. We may be excluded in the first place, judged unable to learn, or kept out by physical or emotional barriers. We may choose to quit.


Students Reflect on Missing School (PDF file - 18k)
Women in a research study in Canada wrote about the different reasons that led them to miss school. Sometimes violence led to them moving schools, getting or faking illness, or simply skipping school. Some students were suspended or expelled.

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