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.

  • Report
    Education Under Attack, 2014
    A global study on threats or deliberate use of force against students, teachers, academics, education trade union members and government officials, aid workers and other education staff, and on schools, universities and other educational institutions, carried out for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic or religious reasons in 2009-2013.
  • Guidelines
    Draft Lucens Guidelines
    The Draft Lucens Guidelines urge parties to armed conflict not to use schools and universities for any purpose in support of the military effort. While it is acknowledged that certain uses would not be contrary to the law of armed conflict, all parties should endeavor to avoid impinging on students’ safety and education, using the Guidelines as a guide to responsible practice.
  • Report
    Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack
    This study examines the relationship between institutional autonomy and the security of higher education institutions from violent and coercive attacks. The paper includes a review of the limited literature available, as well as a series of examples illustrating different forms of attacks.
  • Campaign Video
    End Military Use of Schools
    Around the world, armies and rebel groups are taking over schools and universities, turning safe places of learning into places of war. In classrooms, soldiers sleep and store weapons. In school offices, they detain and torture suspects. Playgrounds become training grounds. School grounds become battlegrounds. Students from around the world are calling for an end to the military use of schools.

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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