Saturday, December 5, 2009
Opinions of Children of Bangladesh on Corporal Punishment
Given the limited opportunities for children to publicly express their thoughts and views, UNICEF conducted a children's opinion poll for the second time in Bangladesh in 2008. A first opinion poll was conducted in 2005. he poll surveys children across Bangladesh, including those who are socially and geographically marginalised, on significant child rights issues. The Children's Opinion Poll 2008 focuses on corporal punishment in schools, homes, and workplaces. Children were also interviewed on issues of disabilities, disasters and gender. This children’s opinion poll reveals widespread use of corporal punishment in Bangladesh with 91 per cent of children reporting that they receive physical punishment in school while 74 per cent also reported receiving physical punishment at home.