GCPEA is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict.

“Education is an absolute necessity, not just for the children themselves but also for global peace, stability and prosperity for all. Schools should be treated as sanctuaries and that it is our common responsibility to ensure that every child has access to an education, even at times of conflict.”

- Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict during Arria Formula Meeting on the issue of attacks on schools in October 2017.

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Children play outside of a temporary school set up by UNICEF during a mid-day break, near Mbuji Mayi, Kasaï region, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Saturday 27 January 2018.  The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has deteriorated dramatically over the past year. A surge in violent conflict in the Kasaï and Eastern regions has forced many people from their homes, including in the Kasaï region. UNICEF has scaled up integrated health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, education, protection in the country, with a focus on the Kasaï and Eastern regions.
Safe Schools Declaration

An inter-governmental political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities from the worst effects of armed conflict.

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Education Under Attack 2020

A Global Study of Attacks on Schools, Universities, their Students and Staff, 2013-2019.

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“It Is Very Painful To Talk About”: The Impact of Attacks on Education on Women and Girls
GCPEA, 2019

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News

Widespread Attacks on Education Worldwide More than 11,000 attacks in Past 5 Years
More than 22,000 students, teachers, and academics were injured, killed, or harmed in attacks on education during armed conflict or insecurity over the past five years, according to Education under Attack 2020, a new 300-page report published today by ...
United Nations General Assembly proclaims 9 September as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, mobilizing action to safeguard education in armed conflict
The United Nations General Assembly today proclaimed 9 September the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) said. The announcement coincides ...