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Best of UNICEF Research 2015

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The Best of UNICEF Research, now in its third year, showcases and recognizes high-quality, high-impact research being done in the organization. The intention of the project is to communicate that UNICEF is often engaged in supporting a range of cutting-edge research to improve the lives of children. Yet this is often poorly known. The ‘Best of UNICEF Research’ initiative aims to change this perception. This publication presents summaries of twelve of the projects submitted to the 2015 Best of UNICEF Research competition which illustrate the range of research being undertaken. The 12 projects in the final selection cover many of the ‘traditional’ areas of UNICEF work (health, nutrition, sanitation and education), while also highlighting issues that have more recently gained prominence within the global policy agenda, such as social transfers, violence against children and school bullying, and various forms of inequality or exclusion

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Serbia: Violence in Serbian schools - Bullying and beyond

Many people experience violence more regularly in their early years at school than in the whole of the rest of their lives. Understanding the extent, nature and patterns of violence in schools is vital if teachers, educationalists and policymakers are to seek to minimize both its incidence and its impact on children. To this end, researchers from the University of Belgrade’s Institute of Psychology have analysed a huge amount of data drawn from a fifth of Serbia’s primary schools over the eightyear period from 2006 to 2013. The data were gathered via questionnaires completed by both students and staff members as part of the School without Violence programme, which has been jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF since 2005.

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