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Nigeria: Girls Describe Devastating Impact of School Attacks

GCPEA 11 October 2018

Attacks on education by the insurgent group Boko Haram have caused horrific and long-term suffering for female students and teachers in northeastern Nigeria, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in a report released today.

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80 States have now joined the Safe Schools Declaration

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack 31 July 2018

The Principality of Monaco has announced its endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration, becoming the 80th country to commit to safeguarding education during armed conflict, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) today. More than one third of all United Nations (UN) member states and the majority of the UN Security Council members have already taken this critical step towards ensuring education for all.

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Upcoming Elections in Afghanistan Threaten Schools

The Globe Post 30 July 2018

Girls May Suffer the Most
The upcoming Afghan presidential elections in October will make schools especially vulnerable. More than 60 percent of the voter registration and polling centers are schools.

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UN Human Rights Council reaffirms commitment to the right to education in a new resolution

Right to Education Project 29 July 2018

At the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), states reaffirmed their commitment to the right to education by adopting a resolution (A/HRC/RES/38/9) entitled ‘The right to education: follow-up to Human Rights Council resolution 8/4’.

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The Sahel crisis deepens — education under attack in Burkina Faso

OCHA 11 July 2018

Hundreds of schools close as violence surges

Dark clouds dimmed the late afternoon sun before a blustery sandstorm swept through the empty schoolyard in Burkina Faso’s northern Djibo town. Fewer than 20 students were present at the school, but there were no teachers or lessons. A surge in armed raids in the country’s northern borderlands has driven 65,000 pupils and more than 2,000 teachers from schools. Between January and April this year, 44 attacks were recorded in the northern regions.

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Accessing education in the midst of the Syria crisis

Norwegian Refugee Council 26 April 2018

Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, over half of the Syrian population has been displaced. One in four schools has been damaged, destroyed or are being used as temporary shelters, leaving an estimated 2.08 million children and youth in Syria out of school.

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Successes and failures as Nepal rebuilds school system three years after earthquake

Theirworld 25 April 2018

Hundreds of thousands of children have been given education and protection support - but lack of funds means many schools still have to be repaired or replaced.

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Malawi’s Recovery and Resilience Efforts Have Major Impact on Education

The World Bank 14 March 2018

When floods overwhelmingly overtook Malawi in 2015, families were displaced, livelihoods destroyed, and schools were shut down. Lalanje Primary School in Nsanje, at the southernmost tip of Malawi, was one of the schools shut down by the floods.

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Accueillir et travailler avec les élèves après l’ouragan Irma

Eduscol 15 November 2017

Les conséquences humaines et matérielles du passage le mercredi 6 septembre 2017 de l’ouragan Irma sur les Antilles ont été considérables, particulièrement sur les îles de Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélémy. Pour répondre aux besoins qui pourraient s’exprimer dans les écoles et les établissements, suite au retour des élèves en classe, un ensemble de ressources est à disposition des équipes pédagogiques et éducatives. Certaines d’entre elles ont également vocation à être mobilisées sur l’ensemble du territoire français.

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SAFE LEARNING SPACES: PROVIDING A HAVEN FOR PALESTINE REFUGEE CHILDREN IN SYRIA TO LEARN AND PLAY

UNRWA 4 August 2017

“When the fighting increased and the sound of explosions filled the silence of the ghost town that Yarmouk became, we decided it was time to leave,” recalls Abir, a mother of two. Sitting in the back of the safe learning space in the Damascus Training Centre, she quietly observes her two children’s interaction in the classroom. “There was a lot of shooting and bombs; it was terrible,” she adds. “We no longer felt safe; our children were at risk. We had no choice but to leave.”

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States gather in Buenos Aires to strengthen school safety in armed conflict

GCPEA 28 March 2017

The Second International Conference on Safe Schools opening in Buenos Aires today will contribute to better safeguarding education in war-zones, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The two-day conference, hosted by Argentina’s Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, brings together state, international organization, and civil society representatives from around the world to discuss how to implement the Safe Schools Declaration.

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France and Canada: 58th and 59th Countries to Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

GCPEA 21 February 2017

(February 21, 2017 – Paris) The French and Canadian governments should be congratulated for becoming the latest countries to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The endorsement came during the international conference on the protection of children in armed conflicts being hosted by the French foreign ministry in Paris today.
“France and Canada’s support for the Safe Schools Declaration is a welcome addition to the growing community of countries demanding that schools be safe places for children, even during war,” said Diya Nijhowne, GCPEA Director. “The Safe Schools Declaration lays out many common-sense steps that countries can take to help ensure that students and schools are better protected.”

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Seven steps to saving lives and assisting people in Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin

Relief Web 17 February 2017

A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.

Across the Lake Chad Basin, 17 million people are affected by the conflict, and over 2.6 million – of which 1.5 million are children – have fled their homes in search of safety and protection. Hunger and malnutrition remain at critical levels with 7.1 million people severely food insecure – 5.1 million of them in Nigeria alone. In Borno State in northeast Nigeria, at least 400,000 people could currently be experiencing famine- like conditions.

Give children and youth a passport to their future. 3 245 000 children are in need of emergency education in the region. Although schools, teachers and students have been deliberately targeted in this conflict, the education sector is heavily underfunded. This has to change.

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The impact of humanitarian emergencies on the prevalence of violence against children

Taylor & Francis Online 9 January 2017

Little is known about the patterns and mechanisms by which humanitarian emergencies may exacerbate violence against children. In this article, we propose using the ecological framework to examine the impact of humanitarian emergencies on interpersonal violence against children. We consider the literature that supports this framework and suggest future directions for research to fill identified gaps in the framework. The relationship between humanitarian emergencies and violence against children depends on risk factors at multiple levels, including a breakdown of child protection systems, displacement, threats to livelihoods, changing gender roles, changing household composition, overcrowded living conditions, early marriage, exposure to conflict or other emergency events, and alcohol abuse. The empirical evidence supporting the proposed emergency/violence framework is limited by cross-sectional study designs and a propensity to predominantly examine individual-level determinants of violence, especially exposure to conflict or emergency events. Thus, there is a pressing need to contextualize the relationship between conflict or emergency events and violence against children within the wider ecological and household dynamics that occur during humanitarian emergencies. Ultimately, this will require longitudinal observations of children, families and communities from before the emergency through recovery and improvements to ongoing global surveillance systems. More complete data will enable the humanitarian community to design effective, appropriate and well-targeted interventions.

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Protecting Education in Conflict Zones

Project Syndicate 1 December 2016

DOHA, LONDON – In conflict zones, it is children who often bear the brunt of the violence. Last month, repeated air strikes on a school compound in Idlib, Syria, killed at least 22 children; and children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo have, for months, had no way to escape near-constant bombardments. As the New York Times reported in September, “They cannot play, sleep or attend school. Increasingly, they cannot eat.”

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