According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) – of which EAA is a founding member - there were more than 5,000 documented attacks on education between 2020-2021, with more than 9,000 students and educators abducted, arrested, injured, or killed. DRC, Mali, and the State of Palestine were the countries most affected, while Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Nigeria also saw an increase. The military use of schools and universities more than doubled.
Data is fundamental in any endeavour to counter such trends. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2601 (UNSCR 2601), which was adopted in October last year, encourages enhanced monitoring and reporting of attacks on education and calls for all parties to collect and share data on attacks on education.
The International Day to Protect Education from Attack was established in 2020, and is increasingly important as students, teachers and schools continue to suffer an increased number of attacks globally. This year, the day is being held in-person for the first time in two years, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and will provide a forum to discuss issues relating to attacks on education. Co-organised by EAA, the Qatar Mission to the United Nations, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) , UNESCO and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, the observance will bring together global and UN leaders, youth advocates, policy makers and academics to discuss how to protect education and build sustainable peace.
Participants and contributors to this year’s observance, titled ‘Act Now to Protect Education from Attack,’ include H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of EAA, SDG Advocate; His Excellency Nana-Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO; Her Royal Highness Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador; Catherine M. Russell, UNICEF Executive Director; Virginia Gamba, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict; Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education; Yalda Hakim, Australian broadcast journalist, news presenter; Rosario Diaz Garavito, CEO of The Millennials Movement. Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Hanover, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, will also attend in observance.
EAA’s appeal to the global community comes as part of its three-year #UniteToProtect global campaign to end education on attacks through the collection of data on attacks as a basis for evidence generation, accountability, grassroots advocacy and sustainable peacebuilding.
More on the International Day to Protect Education from Attack High-Level Event:
TRACE website, click here.
To see more details on Education Above All, click here.
To view live proceedings of the 3rd observance of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, click here.
For multimedia elements including human interest stories, data portal demo, images, videos and expert quotes , click here.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Head of Media
Education Above All
Mobile: +974 6602 5116
Media Relations Specialist
Education Above All
Mobile: +974 5000 9960