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.

Latest Developments

SSD Implementation Network

The Safe Schools Declaration State-led Implementation Network will promote cooperation, assistance, and peer-to-peer exchange of experience and good practice amongst states that have endorsed the Declaration.
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Resources

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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 2022

A global study of attacks on schools, universities, their students and staff, in 2020 and 2021.

Toolkit for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Attacks on Education

GCPEA, 2021
Available in: English, French, Spanish

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What can be done to better protect women and girls from attacks on education and military use of educational institutions?
GCPEA, 2018

Available in: English

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News

Ukraine Points Up the Threat to Education During War
Over 1,800 schools and universities have been damaged or destroyed since Russia’s invasion on February 24, according to Ukraine’s Education Ministry. Credit: UNICEF NEW YORK, Jun 1 2022 (IPS) - Conflict ...
Save the Children condemns school attack in Ukraine
DNIPRO, 9 MAY 2022 – Save the Children strongly condemns the reported bombing of a school in Luhansk, Ukraine, believed to be sheltering 90 civilians, including children in its bunker. While ...