The Safe Schools Declaration is an inter-governmental political commitment through which signatory States commit to protect education from attacks during armed conflict, including by endorsing and committing to implement the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. States that endorse the Safe Schools Declaration commit to respect the civilian nature of schools; to develop and share examples of good practices for protecting schools and universities during armed conflict; ensure the continuation of learning activities during armed conflict; implement concrete measures to deter the military use of schools; collect data on attacks on education; and investigate allegations of violations of applicable national and international law and, where appropriate, duly prosecute perpetrators.


The Safe Schools Declaration was developed through consultations with states in a process led by Norway and Argentina in Geneva in early 2015, and was opened for endorsement at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools on 29 May 2015.