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.

  • (L to R) Julio Mercado, Minister, Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN in Geneva; Secretary-General Aaron Pérez, Ministry of Public Security, Panama; Diya Nijhowne, Director of GCPEA. 
    GCPEA Press Release
    Ten Latin American Countries Convene to Protect Education
    Representatives from the ministries of defense, foreign affairs, public security, and national armed forces of 10 Latin American states met in Panama City on December 5-6, to discuss how to protect students, teachers, and schools from attack, and schools from military use, in wars around the world.
  • Publication
    GCPEA releases Framework for Action to implement the Safe Schools Declaration
    At a high-level event today in the UN in Geneva, hosted by Amb. Héctor Marcelo Cima of Argentina and Amb. Hans Brattskar of Norway, GCPEA released a new tool to support governments in making schools and universities safer in the midst of insecurity and war.
  • PRESS RELEASE
    El Salvador is the 71st Country to Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration
    On November 13, 2017, El Salvador became the 71st country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, thereby joining a growing community of states committed to taking concrete action to protect education during armed conflict.
  • Multimedia
    Voices in Support of the Safe Schools Declaration
    French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui each released a video statement to be screened at the Second International Safe Schools Conference in Buenos Aires, March 20-28, 2017.
  • Publication
    Questions and Answers on the Safe Schools Declaration
    What is the Safe Schools Declaration? What do countries who endorse the Declaration agree to do? GCPEA provides answers to these and other frequently asked questions about the Safe Schools Declaration.
  • 71 States have now joined the Safe Schools Declaration
    In Oslo on May 29, 2015, 37 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. The number of endorsing states has been growing ever since. (photo credit: R.Fjeld, UD/Malala Fund).

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An attack on one school is an attack on all schools

Every child deserves an education without fear of violence or attack. Every school should be a safe place for children to learn, play and fulfil their potential.

Ten Latin American Countries Convene to Protect Education

Panama City hosted a defense workshop on the Safe Schools Declaration on December 5-6, 2017 with representatives of 10 countries who have endorsed the Declaration.

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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