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ACT to Protect Children Affected by Conflict

United Nations 2 April 2019

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict launches new initiative to improve awareness and action to protect boys and girls affected by armed conflict. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, unveiled a new initiative to generate greater awareness and action to improve the protection of children affected by armed conflict.

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Unrwa education in gaza holds awareness raising sessions for parents’ engagement in emergencies

UNRWA 27 March 2019

In December 2018, as part of an Education in Emergencies project, the UNRWA education programme in Gaza held an awareness-raising session for some 1,744 parents across 17 schools in the Gaza Strip.

Parental engagement is a vital component of the Agency-wide UNRWA Education in Emergencies (EiE) initiative. The full implementation of EiE is shouldered by parents and guardians who ensure the continuation of education both at home or in alternative spaces. During these sessions, parents have the opportunity to engage more actively with the content of their childrens’ education. They are able to explore the ways in which they will be able to further support the educational and psychosocial wellbeing of their children.

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Rebuilding bombed schools in Yemen

Norwegian Refugee Council 22 March 2019

Millions have fled their homes. Landmines and airstrikes, combined with a lack of food and medical help, are putting 24 million lives at risk. Amid conflict, hunger and cholera, we delivered aid to over 800,000 Yemenis last year.

Together with UNICEF, the NRC recently built a new school with ten classrooms next to the ruins of the old one. In Yemen, they make sure children living amid conflict can still access school. In southern Yemen alone, they’ve rehabilitated 30 schools and built 110 temporary learning spaces. the NRC also distribute school materials, equip learning spaces, train teachers and organise school meals.

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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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