UNESCO has established a close collaboration with the organizers of the Forum, which has led to a series of joint activities conducted in 2021 prior to this year’s WABF. This includes the establishment of a working group, co-led by UNESCO and the WABF, which is revising the definition of bullying and cyberbullying, and the organisation of a series of virtual international thematic meetings focusing on different aspects of bullying, that contribute directly to this year’s WABF.
The four themes of the joint virtual meetings were:
- The whole-education approach to bullying prevention
- Revisiting the definition of school bullying
- Bullying involving children and young people with disabilities
- The role of teachers in preventing and addressing bullying and cyberbullying – International thematic meeting on bullying
UNESCO will have a strong participation in the Forum, which will include the following:
- Organization of thematic sessions on the whole-education approach to bullying prevention, and bullying involving learners and disabilities
- Participation in a pre-conference event on sexual harassment and bullying
- Oral presentations in plenaries on the role of teachers in preventing and addressing bullying, and a review of global research on bullying affecting learners with disabilities
- Presentation of a revised definition of bullying and cyberbullying developed by the working group jointly chaired by UNESCO and the WABF).