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.

  • (from left to right) Mario J.A. Oyarzabal, Argentina, International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, Peter Klanduch, Director of Legal Advocacy, PEIC/Education Above All, H.E. Ms. Gioconda Ubeda Rivera, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Argentine Republic, and Maria Gabriela Quinteros, Assistant Director-General for Human Rights, Argentina Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, at a panel on seeking accountability for attacks on education.
    PRESS RELEASE
    Over 80 States Gather to Discuss Safe Schools Declaration at Buenos Aires Conference
    The two-day conference, held in Buenos Aires on March 28-29, 2017, gathered more than 220 representatives from 82 countries and a range of non-governmental and international organizations to review progress in implementing the Safe Schools Declaration.
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    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
    Toolkit on Implementing the Guidelines launched at the Second Safe Schools Conference
    GCPEA, in partnership with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, released a toolkit on implementing the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use During Armed Conflict at the Second International Safe Schools Conference in Buenos Aires on March 28, 2017.
  • PRESS RELEASE
    Andorra Becomes the 63rd State to Endorse the Safe Schools Declaration
    Andorra officially endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration on March 30, 2017, after Belgium announced its endorsement of the Declaration at the Second International Safe Schools Conference, co-hosted by the Argentine ministries of foreign affairs and defense in Buenos Aires on March 28-29.
  • 63 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).
  • 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.

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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