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When soldiers arrived in Bangued village in the mountains of northern Philippines in May 2011 they set up a barracks in the storage bunker below the principal’s office in the elementary school. Teachers reported that while the soldiers kept weapons in their quarters, they never carried arms on school grounds and rarely wore uniforms.

Comme beaucoup de jeunes Somaliens que j'ai interviewés au Kenya, "Xarid M." a affronté les dangers des rues de Mogadiscio, la capitale somalienne, tant qu'il pouvait aller à l'école. Mais tout a changé le jour où le groupe insurgé islamiste Al-Chabab a fait entrer la guerre dans sa salle de classe.

Education disrupted, security threatened when students are forced to share space.

In countries embroiled in war, government soldiers and rebel fighters frequently establish bases in school buildings not just for days but sometimes for years. They exploit school infrastructure to house and protect troops, hold detainees, store ammunition, and fire at their enemies.

Like many of the Somali youth I interviewed in Kenya, “Xarid M.” had braved the streets of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, for as long as he could to go to school. But that all changed the day the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab brought the war to his classroom.

A global coalition on Tuesday urged soldiers and fighters not to use schools and other education institutions for military purposes during wartime, something that endangers students and education around the world.

Military Use Risks Students Lives, Safety, Education

The use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in a study released today.

The use of educational institutions by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in a study released Tuesday.

Children have been victims of the recent escalation of conflict in Gaza and southern Israel. Since Wednesday, 60 Palestinian children were reportedly injured and at least four reportedly killed during Israeli airstrikes including an 11 month old boy, as well as a pregnant woman.

The shooting of 15 year-old education advocate Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban, has drawn the world’s attention to the battle that girls in Pakistan’s Swat Valley face each day to do what other children take for granted – to go to school.

(CNN) -- The gruesome gunning-down of 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai spotlighted the fate of children in Pakistan, one of the world's most dangerous places to go to school.

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