News Archive

Nearly one in five schools is out of use due to conflict and almost 3.5 million children of school-age are missing out on an education.

ALEPPO, SYRIA – Adnan was in fifth grade when an airstrike destroyed the government-run school he attended in Aleppo city. He survived, but his education was put on hold. It was 2013, and for the next three years, schools in Aleppo would be frequently targeted by Syrian government airstrikes or hit by opposition fire. Education became a risk that Adnan could no longer take.

The prize money of €10,000, sponsored by the Klett Group, has been given to a project chosen by Human Rights Watch, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

Learning at Lady Diana, a private school in Lusaka’s Kanyama township, was suspended on Tuesday following an attack on the institution by suspected supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front.

A growing number of children living in humanitarian crises and long-term conflicts are unable to claim their right to education, with schools either inaccessible or unsafe.

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), held its 597th meeting on 10 May 2016, which was dedicated to an open session on the theme: “Children in Armed Conflicts in Africa with particular focus on protecting schools from attacks during armed conflict”


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon slammed the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen for killing and maiming children by adding it to an annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children's rights during conflict.

A true commitment to protecting schools from attacks and preventing their use for military purposes requires political will and action on the ground.

One Year On, More Support and Action Needed

By joining the Safe Schools Declaration, countries make concrete political commitments to protect students, teachers, and educational facilities during times of armed conflict.

While the movement of people from war-torn countries will inevitably affect the immediate ability of children to continue their education, a "growing number" of attacks on schools is adding to the problem.