Attacks on education occur around the world, both inside and outside of situations of armed conflict. In many regions, armed groups intentionally target schools, teachers, and students. These attacks violate the rights of the child: in addition to putting children at risk of injury or death, they can thwart students' chance to get an education. Attacks on schools, teachers, and students can cause children to drop out or go to school less often, force schools to cut their hours, and destroy school buildings and materials. In environments of violence and fear, the quality of children's education is severely diminished. Human Rights Watch defines "attacks on education" as encompassing the full range of violations that place children at risk and deny them access to education. This includes attacks on school infrastructure and on teachers and students; the occupation of schools by the police and military; harassment and threats against teachers, parents, and students; and the recruitment of children from schools to become soldiers. Human Rights Watch calls on states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, an international commitment to protect schools and universities from being attacked or used for military purposes in times of armed conflict.

  • Africa
    This submission focuses primarily on the following topics: the use and recruitment of child soldiers, the abduction and detention of children, sexual and other forms of gender-based violence perpetrated against children, and the protection of students, teachers, and schools during time of armed conflict. It proposes issues and questions that we would encourage Committee members to raise with the government.
  • Europe/Central Asia
    We write in advance of the 88th pre-session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child relating to Azerbaijan’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This submission focuses on the protection of education from attack.
  • Europe/Central Asia
    We write in advance of the 88th pre-session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child relating to Germany’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This submission focuses on supply chains, access to education during Covid-19 pandemic, weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition, support for abusive migration policies, refugee education funding and protection of education from attack.

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