The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict.

  • A Syrian child looks into a school classroom damaged during a reported air strike on March 7, 2017, in the opposition-held town of Utaya, near the city of Damascus. © 2017 Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty
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    GCPEA Releases Education Under Attack 2018
    Deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on schools and universities, their students, and staff have become more widespread over the last five years, GCPEA said in the 2018 edition of its flagship report, released today.
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    Germany is the 75th Country to Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration
    On May 22, 2018, at a reception to mark the third anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration at the United Nations in Geneva, Germany announced its endorsement of the Declaration.
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    GCPEA releases Framework for Action to implement the Safe Schools Declaration
    At a high-level event on November 30, 2017 at the UN in Geneva, hosted by Amb. Héctor Marcelo Cima of Argentina and Amb. Hans Brattskar of Norway, GCPEA released a new tool to support governments in making schools and universities safer in the midst of insecurity and war.
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    Voices in Support of the Safe Schools Declaration
    French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui each released a video statement to be screened at the Second International Safe Schools Conference in Buenos Aires, March 20-28, 2017.
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    Questions and Answers on the Safe Schools Declaration
    What is the Safe Schools Declaration? What do countries who endorse the Declaration agree to do? GCPEA provides answers to these and other frequently asked questions about the Safe Schools Declaration.
  • 75 States have now joined the Safe Schools Declaration
    In Oslo on May 29, 2015, 37 states joined the Safe Schools Declaration, committing to take concrete action to protect education from attack, including by endorsing and using the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use. The number of endorsing states has been growing ever since. (photo credit: R.Fjeld, UD/Malala Fund).

Education under Attack 2018

An interactive website highlighting the findings of the latest edition of GCPEA's flagship report, Education under Attack 2018.

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“Schools must be safe places of learning and development for all children. They should be zones of peace. Those who attack schools and hospitals should know that they will be held accountable.”

- Secretary General's 10th Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, 2011