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The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack provides the latest news and developments on attacks on education and efforts to protect and prevent them. Information older than three months is included in the News Archive.

In a statement delivered in Geneva today, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, highlighted the support of her Office for the recently completed Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines, which aim to protect schools and universities from military use during armed conflict.

Child Recruitment and Marriage; Attacks on Education

Large numbers of children from war-torn countries, often traveling alone, are fleeing abuses in their home countries to seek safety in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said today.

Higher education communities worldwide have endured hundreds of attacks in the past four years, a barrage of persecution and violence that threatens academic freedom and scientific progress in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, according to a report released Tuesday.

The outgoing UNICEF representative in Burundi says this past week's attack on a school in the capital, Bujumbura, is a senseless tragedy.

On his last day of service, Johannes Wedenig told VOA Saturday the grenade attack on the Day of the African Child school, which wounded a 15-year-old boy, "is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child."

UNICEF said the ongoing political unrest in Burundi should not get in the way of protecting children, who "have been killed, detained, and continue to be at great risk."

Though not widely reported in mainstream North American media, representatives from over 60 countries recently met in Norway to attend the “Oslo Conference on Safe Schools.” The high-level meeting sought to achieve international consensus on a growing global problem: the protection of students and educational facilities from attacks.

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