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Source: United Nations – in French 2
Headline: Education: more than 5,000 attacks in the last two years worldwide
Armed attacks on schools are on the rise, a UN agency said on Wednesday, noting that such attacks on education have increased around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a report published on June 1 by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), more than 9,000 students, teachers and scholars have been injured or killed in the past two years.
The report’s authors reveal that the number of attacks on education — but also the military reappropriation of school buildings — increased by a third between 2019 and 2020. A trend that the pandemic has by far not curbed. Next year.
More than 5,000 separate attacks on schools or universities, or their use for military purposes, and on pupils, students or teachers were perpetrated in 2020 and 2021. According to Education Cannot Wait (ECW), it s This is a significant increase over the previous two years.
“By disrupting children’s access to education, these heinous attacks put the lives of children and adolescents in grave danger, either by killing them or causing lifelong disabilities, while exposing them to gender-based violence, trafficking, sexual assault, recruitment into armed groups and other violations of their human rights, including their right to education,” Yasmine Sherif, Director of the Education Without Delay Fund, said in a statement. .
More than a thousand schools damaged in Ukraine
The attacks mainly concern countries crossed by armed conflicts. In Ukraine, attacks on educational institutions have resumed with renewed vigor since the start of the Russian invasion, the report said. More than 1,800 schools and universities across the country have reportedly been damaged since late February. And more than 170 school infrastructures are completely destroyed.
In Afghanistan, for example, between January and March 2021, explosive weapons killed or injured more than 180 students and teachers, the vast majority of whom are women and girls. According to the report, such violence is also on the rise in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mali, Myanmar and Nigeria, and emerging in other countries such as Mozambique and Azerbaijan.
“Attacks on schools, teachers and students in places like Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, the State of Palestine and Ukraine have continued for decades, with impunity and without accountability. “, regretted Ms. Sherif.
Attacks on education involve armed forces and non-state armed groups bombing and burning schools and universities, and killing, injuring, raping, abducting, arbitrarily arresting and recruiting students and teachers in or near institutions teaching during an armed conflict. “We must immediately address this crisis by ensuring compliance with the Safe Schools Declaration, which is grounded in international humanitarian and human rights law,” concluded the Director of the Education fund without delay. .
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