Education in Armed Conflict: Protection, Prevention, and Access
Armed conflict often has a devastating impact on children’s access to education in a variety of ways. In numerous conflicts, schools are attacked, looted, and used for military purposes. This side event, organized by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), and the Permanent Missions of Luxembourg, Japan, and Malta, aimed to: 1) identify challenges related to the protection and provision of education in conflict settings; 2) discuss measures that should be taken to protect education from attack and ensure children’s free, equal, and safe access to education in armed conflict; 3) share practical measures and good practices that can be replicated across the globe to better protect and provide education in conflict affected areas; and 4) strengthen intersectional gender analysis of the interlinkages between attacks on schools and other grave violations against children.
Co-sponsors: Child Fund Alliance, Colombia, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), European Union, France, Geneva Call, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, OSRSG-CAAC, Plan International, Philippines, Save the Children, Switzerland, UNESCO, UNICEF, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict