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.

Toolkit for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Attacks on Education
GCPEA, 2021

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OCCUPATION OF SCHOOLS BY SECURITY FORCES IN MYANMAR IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Joint Statement of Save the Children, UNESCO and UNICEF. The occupation of education facilities across Myanmar by security forces is a serious violation of children’s rights. It will exacerbate the ...
Statement from UNICEF Nigeria Representative Peter Hawkins on the release of abducted schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara State, Nigeria
ABUJA, 2 March 2021 – “We are relieved at the news of the reported release of over 200 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State, north-west Nigeria, ...