International Day to Protect Education from Attack
Protect Education. Protect the Future.
Friday, 9 September
10am to 12pm CEST
Salle I, UNESCO HQ
7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris 75007
The global #UniteToProtect campaign calls on the global community and leaders to act now to protect education from attack. #UniteToProtect promotes a three-fold approach to protect education:
- Promoting the collection, use and analysis of accurate data.
- Calling on governments to introduce efficient policies and ensure accountability and put an end to a culture of impunity.
- Acting to include youth and grassroots communities in education protection.
Following a call by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Education Above All Foundation and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, the Day was established in 2020, following a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly to pass resolution 74/275 – establishing September 9 as the International Day to Protect Education from attack.
A year after, in October 2021, the United Nations Security Council adopted the UNSC resolution 2601, condemning attacks against schools, children and teachers and urging conflict parties to immediately safeguard the right to education.
#UniteToProtect 2022 continues the call to protect education and to move forward from commitments to action. Protection of education from attack must be part and parcel of how we reimagine education, especially for the most marginalised conflict-affected communities.
Why your voice matters
Attacks on education are systemic, deliberate, and reflective of a disturbing, recurring global trend. The number of attacks on education has significantly increased throughout the past two years, with more than 5,000 separate attacks on education facilities, students and educators, and more than 9,000 students, teachers, and academics harmed, injured, or killed.
It is not enough to simply condemn attacks. Through raised accountability, the rule of law, reliable, accessible data, and grassroots advocacy, we can and must work to protect education.
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