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 2020

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

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

Global Progress Protecting Schools, Universities from Military Use
(Abuja, October 22, 2021) – The military use of schools and universities in countries that were early endorsers of the international Safe Schools Declaration declined between 2015 and 2020, the ...
EVENT: Protecting Children in Armed Conflict and the Safe Schools Declaration: A Mediterranean Perspective
2020 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). The Protocol strongly condemns ...