Who We Are
Our Secretariat Staff
Diya Nijhowne oversees management of all the Coalition’s operations and program implementation. She has over 15 years of experience working on children’s rights and protection issues, including in emergency contexts. Diya served as a Child Protection Worker in Canada investigating child abuse allegations. As a Program Officer with Global Rights,…VIEW BIO
Operations and Finance Manager
Christine Choi is the Operations and Finance Manager at GCPEA. She supports GCPEA’s programmatic work, including through assisting the Coalition’s advocacy efforts and contributing to research, as well as managing GCPEA’s communication efforts and finances. Christine previously interned with the Child Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, where she mainly…VIEW BIO
Advocacy and Policy Adviser
Nevena Saykova supports GCPEA’s advocacy related to promoting the endorsement and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. Her work experience relates to international security and the promotion of human rights and international humanitarian law. Prior to…VIEW BIO
Jerome is a Senior Researcher at GCPEA, where he contributes to the Education under Attack reports among other duties. Trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, Jerome has extensive experience collecting and analyzing data on conflict, including in survey design and administration. Jerome holds a PhD in Political Science from Brown University,…VIEW BIO
Apolline Montoya is the Advocacy Officer at GCPEA. Apolline supports GCPEA’s advocacy related to promoting the endorsement and implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration and the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. Apolline previously worked at the UK Mission in Geneva in the Humanitarian…VIEW BIO
Implementation Network Consultant
Michela Ranieri is the Implementation Network Consultant at GCPEA. She has extensive experience promoting and protecting children’s rights with a focus on children affected by armed conflict. Prior to joining GCPEA, Michela worked as the Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor at Save the Children, Spain, leading on the organization’s humanitarian advocacy strategy,…VIEW BIO
Our Steering Committee
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Its Children’s Rights Division documents attacks on education and advocates for protection. It currently co-chairs the coalition, houses the GCPEA secretariat, and sponsors internships that serve GCPEA.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. UNHCR contributes expertise in protection and education and access to networks of civil society organizations in affected countries.
Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict
Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) is a program of the Education Above All Foundation, founded by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education. Initially named Education Above All, PEIC was established in 2010 as a policy, research and advocacy organization to respond to the devastating impact of insecurity and armed conflict on education.
Save the Children (Fiscal Sponsor)
An internationally active non-governmental organization that enforces children’s rights, Save the Children provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts. Save the Children currently co-chairs the coalition, houses part of the secretariat, and some of its staff members are involved in GCPEA working groups.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Part of the United Nations System, UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. UNICEF has provided funding for programmatic initiatives, as well as a global network of program officers involved in working groups and information sharing.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
A specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO’s stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture. UNESCO furthers universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter. UNESCO produced the groundbreaking studies, Education under Attack 2007, Education under Attack 2010, and Protecting Education from Attack: A State-of-the-Art Review 2010. UNESCO provides subject expertise, guidance in research, and staff for GCPEA working groups.
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is extremely grateful to all of its supporters, past and present, including Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), a project of Education Above All, the Government of Norway, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), NoVo Foundation, UNICEF, Open Society Foundations, and Columbia University’s Program on Forced Migration and Health. GCPEA also receives support from donors who wish to remain anonymous.
If you or your organization are interested in being a contributor to GCPEA, please contact email@example.com.
Our Fiscal Sponsor
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is a project of the Tides Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Tides’ full state-by-state disclosure page is linked.