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.

  • Publication
    Lessons in War 2015: Military Use of Schools and Universities during Armed Conflict
    States should act to deter the military use of schools and universities, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a study released today.
  • Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict
    Unveiled December 16, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Guidelines call on armed forces and non-state armed groups to refrain from using education facilities for military purposes.
  • Publication
    Questions and Answers on the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict
    What do the Guidelines say? What are they aiming to achieve? GCPEA provides answers to these and other frequently asked questions about the use of schools for military purposes.
  • Media Release
    25 Years after Landmark Treaty, Children’s Rights Still Violated with Impunity in Conflict
    In 1989, world leaders recognized the rights of all children by adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). But today, on the 25th anniversary of the CRC, there is still a broad gap between the vision articulated in the treaty and the reality for young people trying to go to school in conflict-affected countries.
  • Statement
    Nobel Peace Prize Win for Malala Is a Message to All Students Living in Conflict – Yes You Can
    The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) congratulates Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Greece Can Convert Bunkers Back to Math Classes

This is the math class, and now this is not a class, this is a bunker of the army,” exclaims a young South Asian girl surveying a school classroom. In her voice is a touch of despair, tinged with a dose of disgust.

Dispatches: Where is Asia on Safe Schools?

Next week, Norway will host an international summit focused on guaranteeing safe schools for children who live in countries affected by armed conflict.

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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