The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict.

  • Rami, 9, sits behind his desk in a school supported by Save the Children in northern Syria. Rami's previous school had been bombed and his father did not allow him to return to school in the city because it was too dangerous. Photo credit: Ahmad Baroudi/Save the Children
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    NGOS urge international community to protect education from attack in Syria
    Ahead of the London Donor Conference on Syria, NGOs encourage all parties to the conflict to abide by the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict, and involved governments to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.
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    What Ministries Can Do to Protect Education from Attack and Schools from Military Use
    What Ministries Can Do details concrete measures ministries responsible for education can take to keep schools safe, even in situations of war and insecurity.
  • GCPEA holds Workshop on Promising Practices in Protecting Education from Attack
    On October 5-7, 2015, at a Workshop on Promising Practices in Protecting Education from Attack held in Istanbul, Turkey, over 75 education and protection stakeholders from more than 13 countries impacted by conflict gathered to discuss successes and challenges in protecting education.
  • 51 States have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration
    In Oslo on May 29, 2015, states joined the Safe Schools Declaration, committing to take concrete action to protect education from attack, including by endorsing and using the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use (photo credit: R.Fjeld, UD/Malala Fund).
  • Publication
    Lessons in War 2015: Military Use of Schools and Universities during Armed Conflict
    States should act to deter the military use of schools and universities, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a study released on May 12, 2015.
  • Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict
    Unveiled December 16, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Guidelines call on armed forces and non-state armed groups to refrain from using education facilities for military purposes.

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“Schools must be safe places of learning and development for all children. They should be zones of peace. Those who attack schools and hospitals should know that they will be held accountable.”

- Secretary General's 10th Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, 2011