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UN Body Urges Solidarity To Safeguard Education


(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations (UN) global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, has reiterated the need to unit and collectively protect education in crisis-prone countries and region of the world. ECW works through the multilateral system to both increase the speed of responses in crises and connect immediate relief and longer-term interventions through multi-year programming.

The organization also works in close partnership with governments, public and private donors, UN agencies, civil society organizations, and other humanitarian and development aid actors to increase efficiencies and end siloed responses.

In a statement to mark this year’s International Day to Protect Education From Attack, ECW said the international community must unite to safeguard education by creating comprehensive physical protection measures and implement legal frameworks that address impunity and prevent more attacks from happening, as outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 2601.
September 9 of every year has been set aside by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to raise awareness to preserve education and protect it from attacks.

In a statement to mark the day, the Director of ECW, Yasmine Sherif noted that schools, students and teachers continue to be targeted and attacked in countries around the world.

“Over the past two years, we have seen a substantial increase in the number of attacks on education. Innocent children, adolescents and teachers are being killed, raped and abducted”, she said.

She also added that schools and universities are bombed, burned down and used for military purposes, noting that girls and boys are too scared to walk to school and face intimidation and other attacks.

“These are severe breaches of international humanitarian law and ultimately – and absolutely – inhumane. On the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, we must unite to protect schools, schoolchildren and teachers from these grave violations. We must unite to uphold international law and the principals of the Safe Schools Declaration”, she further explained.



She equally pointed out that with the war in Ukraine, unrelenting forced displacement of millions, and armed conflict and violence in countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and beyond – exacerbated by the compounding pressures from the climate crisis and COVID-19, have further worsen the trend.

The ECW director said these attacks on education and on human rights are derailing efforts to deliver on our promise of education for all and the other Sustainable Development Goals.

“There were more than 5,000 reported attacks on education and incidents of military use of schools and universities, according the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack’s “Education Under Attack 2022” report.

“As we unite to #ProtectEducationFromAttack and help realize the 222 Million Dreams✨📚 of 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys who urgently need education support – ECW and our strategic partners are calling on government donors, the private sector, foundations and high-net-worth individuals to step up and make substantial contributions at ECW’s High-Level Financing Conference, taking place in Geneva in February 2023/

“Hosted by Switzerland and ECW – and co-convened by Germany, Niger, Norway and South Sudan, the Financing Conference provides us a chance to deliver on our promise of education for all, to strengthen the protection of schools, students and teachers, and to create safe and more protected learning environments. 222 million crisis-affected girls and boys deserve nothing less than their inherent human right to learn in safety and with dignity”, she stressed.

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