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Save the Children, May 11, 2022
Save the Children condemns school attack in Ukraine

DNIPRO, 9 MAY 2022 – Save the Children strongly condemns the reported bombing of a school in Luhansk, Ukraine, believed to be sheltering 90 civilians, including children in its bunker. While…

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Human Rights Watch, March 18, 2022
Ukraine: Deadly Attacks Kill, Injure Civilians, Destroy Homes

(Lviv) – More than 450 civilians were reportedly killed or injured in the first 11 days of the war, in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, as a result of Russian airstrikes and artillery shelling…

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GCPEA, March 10, 2022
Statement by GCPEA Executive Director, Diya Nijhowne, on Attacks on Education in Ukraine

A kindergarten damaged by shelling in Stanytsia Luhanska, in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (New York, March 9, 2022) – Over 210 educational facilities have been damaged…

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Amnesty International, March 2, 2022
Ukraine: Cluster munitions kill child and two other civilians taking shelter at a preschool

A preschool in north-eastern Ukraine was hit on the morning of 25 February with widely-banned cluster munitions while civilians took shelter inside, killing three of them, including a child, and…

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Voice of America, February 28, 2022
Cameroon Separatists Abduct Teachers at School for Disabled

A still from a video posted by ADF, a military group fighting for Ambazonia, a self-declared independent state in Cameroon, that purports to show abducted teachers VOA has no independent…

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Voice of America, February 28, 2022
Cameroon Separatists Torch Girls-Only School Dorm for Preparing for National Youth Day Activities

Mamfe, Cameroon The Roman Catholic Church in Cameroon says armed men Friday torched a renowned girls’ school dormitory in Mamfe, an English-speaking southwestern town. English-speaking separatists have claimed responsibility, saying…

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Save the Children, February 28, 2022
UKRAINE: Attacks on schools in Ukraine endangering children’s lives and futures

Interviews with spokespeople available. Link to images here (Credit: Amnon Gutman/ Save the Children) and Audio – Eva* here and Anna here. KYIV, 27 February 2022 – Attacks on schools in Ukraine are endangering the lives…

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Human Rights Watch, February 25, 2022
Ukraine: Shelling Residential Areas Puts Civilians at Risk

Damage from the shelling of a kindergarten in the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine, February 17, 2022. © 2022 Anton Skyba for Human Rights Watch The shelling of a school, a…

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UNETCHAC, November 2, 2021
A concert on the theme “Safe Schools for Children in Armed Conflict” organized with CPM Music Institute, Milan.

Rome / Abuja, 25 October 2021 – “I am happy to present this initiative; music is truly a powerful tool for conveying fundamental messages in a universal language; it also represents…

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Daily Trust Nigeria, November 1, 2021
What’s Next For Nigeria’s International Safe Schools Agenda?

Op-ed by Diya Nijhowne, Executive Director of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack The Safe Schools Conference, which the Nigerian government hosted both in Abuja and virtually to…

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Save the Children, October 27, 2021
Safe Schools Conference: 300 children call on world leaders to protect schools from attack

Children are making a series of demands to world leaders, including requesting they deny armies access to schools, and ensuring paths to schools are free of mines and explosives, in a Children’s Manifesto launched today.   The Children’s Manifesto, authored by 300 children across…

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Human Rights Watch, October 26, 2021
Protecting Schools from Attack during Wartime

Zama Neff Executive Director, Children’s Rights Division Internally displaced children attending classes at a displacement camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, September 2015. © 2015 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch Nearly two decades…

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Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies, October 26, 2021
Geneva actors gather in support of Safe Schools Declaration, as 4th International Conference begins in Abuja with in-person and virtual sessions

Argentina, Nigeria, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the Geneva Global hub for Education in Emergencies, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack and Save the Children hosted a local meet-up linked…

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GCPEA, October 22, 2021
Global Progress Protecting Schools, Universities from Military Use

(Abuja, October 22, 2021) – The military use of schools and universities in countries that were early endorsers of the international Safe Schools Declaration declined between 2015 and 2020, the…

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Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), October 5, 2021
EVENT: Protecting Children in Armed Conflict and the Safe Schools Declaration: A Mediterranean Perspective

2020 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). The Protocol strongly condemns…

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El Pais, September 14, 2021
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…

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International Parliamentary Network for Education, September 9, 2021
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…

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Qantara, August 13, 2021
Two jihadists jailed 20 years for Burkina school attack

Two jihadists received 20-year jail sentences on Tuesday for a 2018 attack on a school in northern Burkina Faso following a trial held under tight security. Aged 38 and 29, the men,…

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Bellingcat, July 20, 2021
How Schoolchildren Became Pawns in Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

It was midday on 24 October last year when a group of men on motorcycles wielding machetes and firearms arrived outside Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in the Cameroonian town…

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Human Rights Watch, June 24, 2021
UN Head Urges India to Join Safe Schools Declaration

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently called on India to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, an intergovernmental political commitment to take common-sense measures to make it less likely that students, teachers, and schools…

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