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.


How the Chibok abductions continue to cast a long shadow over girls’ education in Nigeria
Chibok and Yola, Nigeria — Hauwa Ishaya vividly recalled the night in April 2014, when armed men stormed her boarding school in Chibok, abducting her and 275 other schoolgirls, forever ...
Attacks on education: global challenges and responses
An Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) briefing on Protecting Education in Emergencies (EiE), held on 19 March 2024, looked at the state of attacks on education globally, and explored the challenges, ...