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Attacks on schools and universities are becoming so common now that only those with record numbers of victims get much of a showing in the international media. But these incidents are merely two out of thousands of attacks on schools and universities and incidents of military use of such facilities in the past 10 years.

37 countries on May 29, 2015, joined an international Safe Schools Declaration that commits them to protect education from attack.

37 pays ont souscrit le 29 mai 2015 à une Déclaration pour des écoles sûres internationale qui les engage à protéger l’éducation contre les attaques.

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Un total de 37 países adhirieron el 29 de mayo de 2015 a una Declaración sobre Escuelas Seguras, de alcance internacional, por medio de la cual se comprometen a adoptar medidas destinadas a proteger a la educación frente a ataques. En situaciones de conflicto, los ataques frecuentes perpetrados por partes armadas contra escuelas y universidades, así como su personal y alumnos, están privando a miles de personas de la posibilidad de educación, con resultados devastadores para los individuos y sus comunidades, señaló la Coalición Global para Proteger la Educación de Ataques (Global Coalition to Protect Education, GCPEA).

Thirty-seven states have signed a landmark international commitment to protect schools and universities from attack and military use during conflict. At a conference hosted by the Norwegian government and Norwegian civil society on 29 May, the countries agreed to support and promote a Safe Schools Declaration that also covers universities.

More than 30 countries have signed up for a Safe Schools Declaration in response to the deliberate targeting of education in war and terror attacks.

It comes in the wake of attacks on a school in Peshawar in Pakistan, Garissa University in Kenya and the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria.

The international meeting on Friday has been convened in Oslo by the Norwegian government.

It calls for students and places of education to be protected in conflicts.

This is the math class, and now this is not a class, this is a bunker of the army,” exclaims a young South Asian girl surveying a school classroom. In her voice is a touch of despair, tinged with a dose of disgust.

Next week, Norway will host an international summit focused on guaranteeing safe schools for children who live in countries affected by armed conflict.

The State is being urged to sign up to a global declaration on “safe schools” aimed at giving places of learning special protection from military use under international law.

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