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 sit for lessons on a stairwell inside a school building in Afghanistan. © 2017 Paula Bronstein for Human rights Watch
    Increasing insecurity and a significant rise in school attacks puts almost two decades of progress at risk for Afghan children
    Urgent action is needed to prevent more Afghan children from being excluded from the education system, GCPEA is warning today in a new briefing paper. 
    Bolivia is the 82nd state to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration
    Bolivia announced its endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration on November 19, 2018, bringing the total number of endorsing states to 82. With Bolivia's endorsement, 13 Latin American countries now support the Declaration.
  • A soldier from the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army stands amidst the ruins of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria on March 25, 2016. © AFP/Stefan Heunis
    Nigeria: Girls Describe Devastating Impact of School Attacks
    Attacks on education by the insurgent group Boko Haram have caused horrific and long-term suffering for female students and teachers in northeastern Nigeria, said a report released today by GCPEA.
  • Students who were abducted in February 2018 from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria, and spent a month in captivity. © Timothy Yohanna Ali, March 2018
    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 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
    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 on May 10, 2018.
  • 82 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).
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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.

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