Over the past few decades, the presence and use of firearms in schools has become a problem across the region. Some of the manifestations of the phenomenon include: firearms found inside schools, students who carry firearms among their belongings, armed students who threaten their classmates and teachers, and shooting inside schools, among others.

The implications represent a serious obstacle to the human development of boys and girls, adolescents and young people in terms of physical integrity (injuries and deaths), as well as at the educational and psychosocial level.

Our Approach

  • Contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon by deepening understanding into its nature, manifestations, causes and challenges.
  • Generate knowledge to comprehensively address the presence of firearms in schools.
  • Promote dialogue among national authorities, civil society organizations, youth groups and other relevant actors to better respond to the challenges posed by firearms in schools.
  • Support the integration of specific measures to prevent and respond to the presence and use of firearms in schools.

Fact Sheet

Firearms in Latin American and Caribbean schools

Publications

Firearms in Latin American and Caribbean schools: Approaches, challenges and responses

[Versão em português] Armas de Fogo em Escolas da América Latina e Caribe: Abordagens, desafios e respostas

With the support of:

Sweden

News

UNLIREC conducts webinar on “Initiatives to address and prevent the presence of firearms in schools”, in Peru On 23 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC),… See more →
UNLIREC and Instituto Sou da Paz promote a discussion on the impacts and challenges of the presence and use of firearms in schools On 30 September, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)… See more →
Firearms in Latin American Schools Webinar: Approaches, Challenges and Responses On 14 July, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)… See more →
UNLIREC launches study on firearms in Latin America and Caribbean schools Over the past few decades, media reports of incidents involving firearms in schools have been increasingly recurring in many countries… See more →
UNLIREC promotes regional dialogue on the challenges posed by the presence and use of firearms in schools. 22-23 October 2019 – Over the last few decades, in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, reports of… See more →
UNLIREC and Peru come together to combat the presence of firearms in school On 6 December, UNLIREC organized a seminar entitled “International Initiatives for Prevention and Action regarding Presence of Firearms in Schools”… See more →