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.

  • Albania is 56th state to join 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).
  • First Anniversary
    The Safe Schools Declaration One Year On
    At the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23-24, Argentina announced that it would hold a follow up to the Safe Schools Conference in Oslo where the Declaration was opened for endorsement on May 29, 2015. Also at the Summit, Forest Whitaker, artist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, released a video supporting the Declaration.
  • GCPEA at the World Humanitarian Summit, May 23-24, Istanbul
    At the World Humanitarian Summit, GCPEA is asking states to announce their endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, or announce measures they are planning to take to implement the Declaration. Additionally, GCPEA is making its own commitments at the High Level Round-Table on International Humanitarian Law.
  • 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
    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.
  • Publication
    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.

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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