GCPEA has assembled this collection of film clips from a range of sources that illustrate examples of targeted attacks on education on teachers, students, and education institutions.

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.


Schools as Battlegrounds: Short Introduction to Education Under Attack, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack and Human Rights Watch

In conflicts around the world, schools, students, and teachers are under attack. When schools are destroyed or students and teachers are threatened, children often drop out of school and don’t come back. Others continue amid violence and fear. Sometimes lives are lost; education is always a casualty.  2011 (3 minutes)


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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Ukraine: ICRC helps schools affected by conflict

Many schools in eastern Ukraine have been affected by the armed conflict, with some damaged by shelling. And the conflict is not yet over, so schools still have to protect both students and teachers. The ICRC is helping to make these front-line schools safe and comfortable places where children can start to learn again.


Education Under Attack in Thailand

Bede Sheppard of Human Rights Watch explains how students, schools and teachers are caught between the rebels and the government in southern Thailand. Photography by David Hogsholt / Reportage by Getty Images and Human Rights Watch. 2010 (3 minutes)


Sabotaged Schools India

Tens of thousands of children are caught up in the conflict between Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India. Human Rights Watch’s Emma Daly reports from India’s Bihar state. Photography and footage by Moises Saman / Magnum Photos for Human Rights Watch. 2010  (5 minutes)


Persecuted Teachers

SchoolWorld TV. This film focuses on teachers under attack in Colombia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Thailand. 2008 (20 minutes)


Peace Makers

Contribution of teachers to peace building in Northern Ireland - including joint history classes with parents from either side of the "peace" wall. (20 minutes)


Jharkand Students Reel under Maoist Fear

On the night of June 17, the Maoists blew up the Lohia-Samata High School building. The students were worried that this would have a negative impact on their future prospects and education in the area, as it was the only school in the vicinity. 2011 (3 minutes)


Ivory Coast Conflict Hinders Education

Because of the ongoing election crisis in the Ivory Coast, around one million children have been forced out of school. Many schools in the African country have been damaged, occupied and looted by military forces. Powered by Producer: Xinhua News Agency 2011 (3 minutes)