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.

Supporting Safe Education in the Central Sahel
GCPEA, 2020

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Condemnation over new attack on Nigeria school, ‘more than 300’ girls missing
© UNICEF/Apochi OwoichoA young girl writes on a chalkboard at a primary school in Nigeria. The UNICEF representative in the country, Peter Hawkins, urged the assailants to let the teenagers go immediately, after the latest in a recent ...
Zamfara govt confirms abduction of schoolgirls
The Zamfara State Government has confirmed the abduction of schoolgirls from a secondary school in the state. PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack by armed men on the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata ...