DRC: Girls’ Lives Shattered

On May 20, 2019 GCPEA released its latest report, “‘All That I Have Lost’: Impact of Attacks on Education for Women and Girls in Kasai Central Province – Democratic Republic of Congo,” Read the full report here.


Protect Women and Girls From Attacks on Education

On October 11, 2018 GCPEA released "'I Will Never Go Back to School': The Impact of Attacks on Education for Nigerian Women and Girls." Read the full report here.


Global Attacks on Education

In May 2018, GCPEA released the latest edition of its flagship report, Education under Attack 2018. Learn more about the report here


United Nations, National Government, and Military Leaders Express Support for the Safe Schools Declaration

French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, addressed the Second International Safe Schools Conference via a video statement. The Conference was held in Buenos Aires on 28-29 March, 2017. 

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova addressed the Second International Safe Schools Conference via a video statement:

Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, addressed the Second International Safe Schools Conference via a video statement:

At the World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul May 23-24, 2016, Forest Whitaker, artist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, released a video supporting the Safe Schools Declaration.

In a video released by Human Rights Watch on March 22, 2017, military leaders speak out against use of schools by soldiers:

GCPEA has assembled this collection of film clips from a range of sources that illustrate examples of targeted attacks on students, teachers, academics and other education personnel, and schools and other education institutions:


Armed Groups Occupy Schools in Central African Republic 

(March 23, 2017) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.


Pakistan: End Attacks on Schools

(March 27, 2017) – Attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups are having a devastating impact on education in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released a day before the Second International Conference on Safe Schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pakistan faces significant education challenges, with an estimated 25 million children out of school. 


Attacks on Education and Military Use of Schools in DRC

(March 17, 2017) - Save the Children released this video describing the problem of attacks on education and military use of schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Boko Haram Conflict Keeping Kids Out of School 

(April 11, 2016) - Boko Haram’s attacks on schools, students and teachers in northeast Nigeria have had a devastating impact on education. The conflict has left nearly one million children with little or no access to school, and Nigeria’s security forces have contributed to the problem by using schools as military bases, putting children at further risk of attack from the Islamist armed group.


Education Under Attack 2014

A global study on threats or deliberate use of force against students, teachers, academics, education trade union members and government officials, aid workers and other education staff, and on schools, universities and other educational institutions, carried out for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic or religious reasons in 2009-2013.


Schools as Battlegrounds: Short Introduction to Education Under Attack, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack and Human Rights Watch

In conflicts around the world, schools, students, and teachers are under attack. When schools are destroyed or students and teachers are threatened, children often drop out of school and don’t come back. Others continue amid violence and fear. Sometimes lives are lost; education is always a casualty.  2011 (3 minutes)



ALL children have the right to a safe education.

Around the world, schools are attacked or being occupied by military forces and armed groups in conflict zones... Sports fields become battlefields. Classrooms become munitions rooms. This has a devastating effect on children. It endangers their lives, their teachers’ lives, and denies hundreds of thousands of children their right to education.

It is time we put an end to this threat!

The Safe Schools Declaration is a political commitment to protect education during armed conflict, ensuring a country’s future. So far, 56 countries have endorsed it, including half of the European Union member states, 13 NATO member states, and 12 La Francophonie member states. Many of the countries most affected by the problem of attacks on schools and military use of schools have joined the declaration, including Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan.


End Military Use of Schools

Around the world, armies and rebel groups are taking over schools and universities, turning safe places of learning into places of war. In classrooms, soldiers sleep and store weapons. In school offices, they detain and torture suspects. Playgrounds become training grounds. School grounds become battlegrounds. Students from around the world are calling for an end to the military use of schools.

The EMUS Campaign video is also available in:
ArabicDutchFrenchGermanJapaneseNorwegian, and Spanish.


Ukraine: ICRC helps schools affected by conflict

Many schools in eastern Ukraine have been affected by the armed conflict, with some damaged by shelling. And the conflict is not yet over, so schools still have to protect both students and teachers. The ICRC is helping to make these front-line schools safe and comfortable places where children can start to learn again.


Education Under Attack in Thailand

Bede Sheppard of Human Rights Watch explains how students, schools and teachers are caught between the rebels and the government in southern Thailand. Photography by David Hogsholt / Reportage by Getty Images and Human Rights Watch. 2010 (3 minutes)


Sabotaged Schools India

Tens of thousands of children are caught up in the conflict between Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India. Human Rights Watch’s Emma Daly reports from India’s Bihar state. Photography and footage by Moises Saman / Magnum Photos for Human Rights Watch. 2010  (5 minutes)


Persecuted Teachers

SchoolWorld TV. This film focuses on teachers under attack in Colombia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Thailand. 2008 (20 minutes)


Peace Makers

Contribution of teachers to peace building in Northern Ireland - including joint history classes with parents from either side of the "peace" wall. (20 minutes)


Jharkand Students Reel under Maoist Fear

On the night of June 17, the Maoists blew up the Lohia-Samata High School building. The students were worried that this would have a negative impact on their future prospects and education in the area, as it was the only school in the vicinity. 2011 (3 minutes)


Ivory Coast Conflict Hinders Education

Because of the ongoing election crisis in the Ivory Coast, around one million children have been forced out of school. Many schools in the African country have been damaged, occupied and looted by military forces. Powered by Producer: Xinhua News Agency 2011 (3 minutes)