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 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

Available in: English, French, Spanish

What can be done to better protect women and girls from attacks on education and military use of educational institutions?
GCPEA, 2018

Available in: English



Education under Attack in Afghanistan
Weeks before the Taliban seized the Afghan city of Ghazni in August, local media reported that fighters burned down a girls’ school in the town. Sadly, this was not an ...
MPs commit to take urgent action to protect education from attack
On the Second UN International Day to Protect Education from Attack, September 9, 2021, members of the International Parliamentary Network for Education have pledged to redouble their efforts to protect ...