Education Under Attack 2020 Report Published by GCPEA

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) has published their report “Education Under Attack 2020”.

GCPEA is an inter-agency coalition created in 2010 to resolve the issue of targeted attacks on education institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by armed conflict and insecurity.

Palestinian girls attend a class at the Suhada Khouza school building, which was damaged during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on September 5, 2015. In a report on the impact of conflict on education in six countries and territories across the Middle East and North Africa region, the United Nations children fund UNICEF said more than 8,850 schools were no longer usable due to violence, with around 13 million children being denied an education. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB. (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

In this report, GCPEA monitors the attacks on schools, universities, students, and staff between 2015-2019.

According to the report, there were more than 11.000 reported attacks, with casualties of 22.000 students and educators in at least 93 countries. The report covers 37 countries where at least ten attacks took place between 2015-2019.

GCPEA describes attacks on education as any threatened or actual use of force against students, teachers, academics, education support and transport staff (e.g., janitors, bus drivers), education officials, education buildings, resources, or facilities (including school buses). According to GCPEA, attacks on education kill or injure students or educators, lead to student dropouts and closures of educational facilities. Moreover, these attacks reduce academic quality and have catastrophic long-term societal impacts.

TOPSHOT – A Yemeni boy school writes as he sits outside a school on March 16, 2017, that was damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez. The conflict in Yemen, which escalated with the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition two years ago, has more than doubled the number of children deprived of schooling to some 3.5 million, threatening the future of a whole generation in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad AL-BASHA (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-BASHA/AFP via Getty Images)

The full report has several parts such as attacks on schools, attacks on students & staff, military use of schools, child recruitment, sexual violence, attacks on higher education, and targeted attacks on girls and women. Each topic is explained elaborately for all 37 countries covered.

The organization offers a solution to these attacks by coming up with a list of recommendations for national governments, international agencies, and local civil society, including school and university communities.

You can find the full report at the following link:

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