Guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military use during armed conflict

The Guidelines were drawn up with the aim of better protecting schools and universities from use by armed groups for military purposes, and to minimise the negative impact that armed conflict has on students’ safety and education. They provide concrete guidance to states and non-state armed groups for the planning and execution of military operations. They may also serve as a tool for organisations engaged in monitoring, programming, and advocacy related to the conduct of armed conflicts.

الإستثمار في الأزمة:مشاركة القطاع الخاص في تعليماللاجئين السوريين

من أصل ٥٧ مليون طفل لا يحصلون على التعليم عبر
العالم، يعيش أكثر من ثلثهم في أوضاع من النزاع والهشاشة.
ساهمت الأزمة المتصاعدة في سوريا جوهرياً في وضع هذه
النسبة السكانية خارج المدرسة، بوجود أكثر من نصف
الأطفال والمراهقين السوريين اللاجئين البالغ عددهم ١،٤
مليون خارج المدرسة.
مع أن التعليم في حالات الطوارىء ازداد كأولوية سياسة
في مهمات المنظمات الدولية، انخفضت الحصة الإجمالية
لمساعدات التنمية عبر البحار بصورة حادة في السنوات
الأخيرة، مع الإنخفاض المطرد للتمويل في الدول المتأثرة
بالنزاع. وفي هذا السياق، صار انخراط القطاع الخاص في

El verdadero fin del conflicto armado: Jóvenes vulnerables, educación rural y construcción de la paz en Colombia

Colombia está ante la histórica oportunidad de dejar atrás un conflicto que ha afectado directamente a su población por décadas. Los acuerdos finales entre el gobierno de Colombia y las FARC-EP permitirán la construcción de una paz estable y duradera. Sin embargo, la firma y refrendación del acuerdo de paz con las FARC-EP, de capital importancia, deben entenderse como el inicio del verdadero proceso para lograr la paz.

Eight reasons why the Safe Schools Declaration matters

‘I felt that humanity has ended. I mean, a place of learning, to be hit in this way, without warning… where is humanity? ...It is supposed to be illegal in any war to strike such places…’ 

A teacher’s account of airstrikes on al Shaymeh School, Hodeidah, Yemen (25 and 27 August 2015) in ‘Schools Under Attack in Yemen’ Amnesty International Report (11 December 2015).

27 تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) 2016

Were Afraid for Their Future - Barriers to Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan

“Today, Syrian refugee children in Jordan face a bleak educational present, and an uncertain future. Close to one in three—226,000 out of 660,000—Syrians registered with the United Nations refugee agency in Jordan are school-aged children between 5-17 years old. Of these, more than one-third (over 80,000) did not receive a formal education last year.”

No Lost Generation – Holding to the Promise of Education for All Syrian Refugees

This report looks at the challenges facing two countries on the front-line of the global refugee crisis – Lebanon and Turkey. Between them, these countries have some 732,000 children out of school aged 5-17. In both cases the level of need vastly outstrips the resources available. There are not enough teachers, schools or classrooms – and the education infrastructure that does exist is deteriorating. Refugee children face additional challenges in adapting to a new curriculum. Compounding these challenges, refugee poverty, insecurity and vulnerability create barriers of their own.

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Situations of Armed Conflict

In this report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 48/141, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights considers the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in situations of armed conflict, with a specific focus on the rights to health and to education.

Education and Healthcare at Risk

This report documents how violence, threats and intimidation carried out by parties to the conflict in Afghanisatn directly harmed or impacted health and education personnel, reduced the availability of healthcare,and limited children’s access to essential health and education services. Schools and hospitals were damaged or destroyed by targeted attacks and crossfire, with many remaining closed due to insecurity, threats or military use.

Studying Under Fire: Attacks on Schools, Military Use of Schools during the Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine

This report documents how both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed militants have carried out indiscriminate or deliberate attacks on schools. Both sides have used schools for military purposes, deploying forces in and near schools, which has turned schools into legitimate military targets. The resulting destruction has forced many children out-of-school and many schools to stop operating or to operate under overcrowded and difficult conditions, Human Rights Watch found.