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.

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“It Is Very Painful To Talk About”: The Impact of Attacks on Education on Women and Girls
GCPEA, 2019

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Issuing Presidential Statement, Security Council Expresses Grave Concern about Increase in Attacks on Schools, Underlines Education’s Contribution to Peace
The Security Council today urged Member States to develop effective measures to prevent and address attacks and threats against schools, including by developing domestic legal frameworks. In a presidential statement ...
UN urges end to attacks on schools, especially in Africa
EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged warring parties in all conflicts to immediately stop attacking schools and teachers and reaffirmed Secretary-General Antonio ...