We at Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)
wholeheartedly congratulate the Government of Bangladesh, Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina, and the Minister of Education for abolishing
corporal punishment in schools. We also applaud Sir Frank Peters on
the success of his campaign to illuminate the truth and gravity of
this matter, and to bring it to the attention of all concerned.
Extending to schoolchildren the right to be safe from violent
punishments is no longer a matter for conjecture or debate. It is
fundamental. As Sir Frank Peters has pointed out, corporal punishment
in schools mainly teaches that violence is a legitimate management
tool for use by the powerful over the powerless. That's a bad lesson
for children and a dangerous example for the general community. With
this reform, Bangladesh points the way toward a gentler, more caring,
and more humane future based on nonviolent interaction for all.
Executive Director, (PTAVE)
Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)