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.



Safe Schools Declaration

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


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


Track Attacks on Education (TRACE) Data Portal

GCPEA provides data from its Education under Attack database, along with technical guidance, to the Track Attacks on Education (TRACE) Data Portal. TRACE is led by Education Above All, KoboToolbox, and UNESCO.


GCPEA News: Highlights of 2022
A student stands at a desk in a classroom of a school in Chernihiv, Ukraine, that was destroyed by bombing in March 2022. © UNICEF/UN0726022/Ibarra Sánchez Tragically, attacks by armed forces ...
Somalia Reeling from Devastating Attack on Education Ministry
On the afternoon of October 29, residents of Mogadishu were once again hit by a devastating attack in a crowded and bustling area of Somalia’s capital. The double car bombings ...