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Safe Schools Conference Should Highlight Attacks on Academics, Students, and Universities

On Tuesday, three children who attended a Save the Children partner-supported school were also killed when bombs destroyed their homes in Idlib.

In most countries enduring armed conflict, schools have been turned into part of the battlefield, as classrooms have been converted into military bases, bunkers, and weapons caches.

At least 255 children were killed in or near schools last year and 1.7 million youngsters are out of school. One of every three schools in Syria is unusable, some because armed groups occupy them.

“As mothers and schoolteachers, we call upon the conflict parties to stop using children in their wars.”

GCPEA believes that Latin America should be the first region in the world in which all countries have endorsed the Declaration. Colombia’s commitment would be a significant motivation for other states in the region to follow.

In many places at war, children can’t study in safety because their schools are being used by armed groups or have been attacked.

While the government seems to be in an endorsing mood, there’s another document they should sign – the Safe Schools Declaration.

Education is increasingly becoming a casualty of the conflict

In March in Argentina, Mongolia’s government can show its support too, by endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration.

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