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The renewed conflict in South Kordofan has pushed many children out of the classroom into the refugee camps or the rebellion.

At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, witnesses say.

By Bede Sheppard

On July 30 a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came under attack. At least 15 people died and scores more were wounded, including women and children who were sheltering there. It was the second UN school hit in a week. But these were not the first schools in Gaza  to come under attack, nor the first in which children were among the casualties.

Statement by Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

Jerusalem - Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

“After three weeks of conflict, no one can doubt that there are no safe places for the children of Gaza.

By Diya Nijhowne, Director of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

Schools, universities, educators and students are not just being caught in the cross-fire – they are being deliberately targeted as a tactic of war.

The six attackers, all of whom were wearing suicide vests, launched Sunday's attack from a school building near General Abdul Razeq's house in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, but were shot before they could enter the residence, Zia Durani, provincial police spokesman, said.

"That is why the pleas of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, which has consistently campaigned for new rules that preserve a child’s right to education during armed conflict, must now be taken seriously and enforced by the international community." By Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and Chancellor, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Instead of armed protection, focus must be on creating non-militarised zones to put the onus on the militants.

“With 120 schools affected since the start of the emergency, I urge all countries to adopt and implement the Lucens Guidelines to prevent the military use of schools in conflict areas"