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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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BBC, June 23, 2021
Myanmar army clashes with anti-junta militia in major city

The army in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, has clashed with a local militia opposed to February’s military coup. The clashes are the first time the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) have…

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Save the Children, June 11, 2021
MYANMAR: MORE THAN 100 ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS IN MAY

Myanmar saw 103 schools and other education facilities attacked and often damaged by explosives in May this year alone, new data from Save the Children reveals, as armed forces continue…

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Transit Magazine, May 29, 2021
A Bright Spot in a Year of Gloomy News on Education

Marika Tsolakis and Jerome MarstonSenior Researchers, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack May 29th is the sixth anniversary of the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment Norway co-led…

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Save the Children, May 18, 2021
YEMEN: TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DENIED ACCESS TO EDUCATION AFTER A SINGLE MONTH OF ATTACKS ON SCHOOLS

Five attacks on schools in Yemen in March of this year have left an estimated 30,600 children[i] without access to education, further exacerbating an education crisis in the country, according to data…

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United Nations Security Council, May 13, 2021
Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Zhang Jun (China): The members of the Security…

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BBC News, April 22, 2021
Nigeria kidnappings: ‘I’m afraid to return to school’

More than 800 students have been abducted from their schools in northern Nigeria since December. Watch the video here

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Save the Children, March 19, 2021
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…

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UNICEF, March 2, 2021
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,…

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