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.

  • Slovakia is the 57th state to join 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 (photo credit: R.Fjeld, UD/Malala Fund).
  • GCPEA Publishes Technical Guide on Protecting Higher Education from Attack
    On November 28, 2016, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) launched its Guide to Implementing the Principles of State Responsibility to Protect Higher Education from Attack. The new publication aims to support states by providing technical direction and recommended measures for protecting higher education.
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    GCPEA Releases New Guidance on How Schools Can Protect Education
    On October 6, 2016, GCPEA released What Schools Can Do to Protect Education from Attack and Military Use. This report aims to facilitate the implementation of protection measures at the school level, and calls on governments, the UN, and other agencies to support these efforts.
  • First Anniversary
    The Safe Schools Declaration One Year On
    At the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23-24, Argentina announced that it would hold a follow up to the Safe Schools Conference in Oslo where the Declaration was opened for endorsement on May 29, 2015. Also at the Summit, Forest Whitaker, artist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, released a video supporting the Declaration.
  • GCPEA at the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23-24, Istanbul
    At the World Humanitarian Summit, GCPEA is asking states to announce their endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, or announce measures they are planning to take to implement the Declaration. Additionally, GCPEA is making its own commitments at the High Level Round-Table on International Humanitarian Law.
  • Rami, 9, sits behind his desk in a school supported by Save the Children in northern Syria. Rami's previous school had been bombed and his father did not allow him to return to school in the city because it was too dangerous. Photo credit: Ahmad Baroudi/Save the Children
    NGOS urge international community to protect education from attack in Syria
    Ahead of the London Donor Conference on Syria, NGOs encourage all parties to the conflict to abide by the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, and involved governments to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.

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Yemen conflict: 'Deadly air strike' near school

A Saudi-led coalition air strike is reported to have killed five people near a primary school in north Yemen.

Protecting Education Newsletter, December 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and we take stock of the global landscape of attacks on education, it is clear that the year has held both progress and challenges.

Recent GCPEA Resources

“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