Global Campaign for Education calls on states to protect schools and universities from military use
(Johannesburg) Global Campaign for Education (GCE) adopted a policy motion calling on states to endorse and implement the "
Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict" at their World Assembly this week. The policy motion was proposed by GCE Norway, and championed at the conference by SAIH's policy advisor Christian Bull.
Guidelines have been drawn up with the aim of better protecting schools and universities from use by armed groups for military purposes, and to minimize 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 organizations engaged in monitoring, programming, and advocacy related to the conduct of armed conflicts.
When the proposal was discussed, it also got support from the Malala Fund:
"Attacks against schools, pupils and teachers are an unacceptable attack against children's right to a safe & quality education. This year provides us with the opportunity to garner international consensus and action on the issue. We welcome the Norwegian Coalition bringing it before this assembly and the Malala Fund will continue to identify ways that the Fund can support action in this area."
Global Campaign for Education is the world's largest civil society movement for the right to education. 200 civil society representatives from almost 100 countries participated this week at GCE's World Assembly in Pretoria, South Africa.