What Schools Can Do to Protect Education from Attack and Military Use

Schools and universities should be safe places of learning



Schools and universities should be safe places of learning. However, children’s and young people’s rights to education and protection are violated in most countries experiencing conflict or insecurity. Students and education personnel have been threatened, killed, injured, tortured, recruited, and used by armed forces and armed groups, while in school or en route to and from school. Armed parties have also used schools and universities as barracks and bases, for weapons storage, as detention centers, and for other military purposes—jeopardizing the safety of students and staff. The short-term impacts of attacks on education include death, injury, and destruction of educational infrastructure. The long-term impacts include disruptions in attendance, declines in student enrolment, diminished quality of education and learning, and reductions in teacher recruitment—all of which can prevent countries from fulfilling the right to education and other rights, as well as achieving education and development goals.

This paper is primarily intended for Ministries of Education, UN agencies, and international and local non-governmental organizations (I/NGOs) to support school-based actors, namely principals, teachers, school management committees, and community members to develop and strengthen approaches to planning and protecting education from attack and schools from military use at the school-level.

The aim of this paper is to describe what is actually being done in the field at the school-level to protect education from attack, identifying the risks and challenges involved, and drawing out lessons learned and recommendations from these measures as well as other literature on the topic

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
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