*Campaign launched to raise awareness about attacks on education and call for greater global accountability to ensure and protect inclusive and equitable access to education
The Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and partners Unicef, Unesco, Qatar Fund for Development and the Save Our Future Now campaign, have launched #UniteToProtect, a global campaign that calls for the protection of education from attack.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the impunity for education-related violations of international law, and to ensure everyone’s right to safe, inclusive and equitable quality education.
“The world is witnessing a disturbing trend of systemic and deliberate attacks being carried out on education. According to the Education Under Attack 2020 report, there have been more than 11,000 attacks on education in the last five years,” EAA Advocacy head Mubarak al-Thani said in a statement.
“In that same time period, children have been forcibly abducted or recruited from their schools in at least 17 countries. The global community has responded with complacency and tolerance. EAA and its partners are committed to driving top-down and grassroots effort for the protection of education from attack”, he added.
Through evidence-based advocacy, awareness and empowering rights-holders, the #UniteToProtect campaign aims to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and attacks on education aren’t met with impunity.
The protection of education has remained an issue in policy-making platforms, with little to no involvement of the wider public or grassroots communities.
The campaign uses and merges a multiplicity of voices, stakeholders and platforms to flag and encourage dialogue to push forward the issue as a priority on the global agenda, highlighting how each role is key to ensuring decision-makers are protecting those most vulnerable or marginalised.
“Attacks on education destroy the hopes and ambitions of generations of children and impact negatively on sustainable development, supporting peace and human rights,” said Dr Maleiha Malik, executive director of Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) Programme at EAA.
“The inaugural #UniteToProtect campaign and observance of the 9th of September comes amid a global pandemic, which has exacerbated existing inequities in education with over a billion learners out of school and 184 country-wide school closures. It is our responsibility to work towards reimagining and rebuilding an education system that is innovative and resilient, with protection and accountability as a cornerstone”, Malik added.
“By driving transnational advocacy through both high-level and grassroots platforms for the protection of education for the most vulnerable communities, the #UniteToProtect campaign is intent on moving the global response to these attacks beyond mere condemnation. We each have a role to play to ensure protection and accountability become essential issues at all levels of government and civil society.”, said Mubarak al-Thani.
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