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.

  • 47 States have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration.
    In Oslo on May 29, 2015, 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.
  • 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 on May 12, 2015.
  • 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.

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Leila Zerrougui pledges support for Guidelines aimed at protecting schools from military use during conflict

In a statement delivered in Geneva today, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, highlighted the support of her Office for the recently completed Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines, which aim to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict.

EU: Abuses Against Children Fuel Migration
Child Recruitment and Marriage; Attacks on Education

Large numbers of children from war-torn countries, often traveling alone, are fleeing abuses in their home countries to seek safety in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said today.

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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