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.

  • Media Release
    25 Years after Landmark Treaty, Children’s Rights Still Violated with Impunity in Conflict
    In 1989, world leaders recognized the rights of all children by adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). But today, on the 25th anniversary of the CRC, there is still a broad gap between the vision articulated in the treaty and the reality for young people trying to go to school in conflict-affected countries.
  • New Publication
    Questions and Answers on the Draft Lucens Guidelines
    What do the Lucens Guidelines say? What are they aiming to achieve? A newly released GCPEA document provides answers to these and other frequently asked questions about the use of schools for military purposes.
  • Statement
    Nobel Peace Prize Win for Malala Is a Message to All Students Living in Conflict – Yes You Can
    The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) congratulates Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, and Indian child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Press Release
    Global Coalition Joins CHARGE, New Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Protect Girls’ Education in Conflict
    At the 10th annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, GCPEA committed to providing technical support to 10 states in incorporating the Lucens Guidelines.
  • Briefing Paper
    Protecting Education Personnel from Targeted Attack in Conflict-Affected Countries
    This report was released on Malala Day 2014 to recognize the courage of teachers like Malala’s father, who too often place their lives at risk simply by going to work. It documents attacks on educators in more than 20 conflict-affected countries and what's being done to keep them safe.

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The Islamic State’s Plan for Universities

Dotted by machine-gun nests and administered by Islamic State officials who have imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on campus, the largest higher-education institution in Iraq’s second-largest city is a shell of its former self.

Insurgents in Thailand's deep South 'ruled by heart, not head'

A hand-written note left at the crime scene where school teacher Issara Chairitchok was shot dead reflects the growing fear among the local population in Thailand's southernmost provinces - that more bad things are coming.

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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