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.

  • Girls attend school in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, on October 24, 2017. The school had recently been damaged by an air strike. © 2017 Abduljabbar Zeyad/REUTERS
    PRESS RELEASE
    Education suffered over 14,000 armed attacks in last 5 years
    GCPEA released new data on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration; high-level representatives from over 90 countries gathered in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on May 28-29, 2019, to mark this anniversary.
  • 91 States have 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).
  • “Tshiela,” aged 10, sits in what was once her school in Mulombela village, Kasai region. The school was attacked by government forces in 2017 and five students were killed. © UNICEF/Tremeau, 201
    PRESS RELEASE
    Democratic Republic of Congo: Girls’ Lives Shattered by Attacks on Schools
    Armed groups attacked hundreds of schools in the Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo during the 2016-17 conflict, said GCPEA in a report released today. The violence affected all children, but girls were particularly harmed.
  • Publication
    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.
  • Students who were abducted in February 2018 from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria, and spent a month in captivity. © Timothy Yohanna Ali, March 2018
    PUBLICATION
    Guidance on Protecting Women and Girls
    Women and girls often experience different forms of attacks on education, with different long-term impacts, from those experienced by boys and men. GCPEA offers guidance on how to better protect female students and educators from attacks on education.
  • A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Saada Governorate, Yemen, Monday 24 April 2017. © UNICEF/UN073959/Clarke for UNOCHA
    PRESS RELEASE
    Pledging Conference Provides Opportunity to Safeguard Yemen’s Future by Protecting Education from Attack
    Attacks on education in Yemen are exacerbating an already devastating crisis for education, said GCPEA in a briefing paper released today

Education under Attack 2018

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

Learn more »

Latest news

Education suffered over 14,000 armed attacks in last 5 years
Representatives from over 90 countries gather in Palma de Mallorca to build on Safe Schools Declaration

GCPEA released the new data on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration.

Attacks on Girls’ Schools on the Rise as Taliban Make Gains

“Today they blow up school buildings. Tomorrow will they attack students?”

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