GCPEA TEN YEARS LATER
In 2010, a group of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations working in the fields of education in emergencies, protection, higher education and international humanitarian and human rights law. man united to create the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Its aim was to protect students, teachers, schools and universities during armed conflict. Ten years later, more than half of all United Nations member states have signed an international political commitment to protect education, and an international United Nations day to protect education from attack has been established, between other significant advances. Lives are saved and the right to education guaranteed to some of the world’s most vulnerable – young people in war zones.
What are attacks on education?
Attacks on education are any threats or intentional or indiscriminate use of force, perpetrated for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic, religious or criminal reasons, against students, educators and educational institutions. These attacks include arson or bombings, targeted assassinations of education personnel, as well as kidnappings and forced recruitment of students and teachers, sexual violence perpetrated by armed forces or groups. armed against students or teachers, and the suppression of demonstrations related to education, schools or en route to and from them. The military use of schools and universities often results in attacks on education, causing death and injury, and itself hampering teaching and learning, and leading to massive displacement and abandonment of students and educators.