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Education under Attack 2022 – report launch and debate

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA’s) latest report, Education under Attack 2022, identifies over 5,000 reports of attacks on education and cases of military use of schools and universities in 2020 and 2021, harming over 9,000 students and educators. This is an increase from previous reporting periods.

The attacks violate the right to education and other fundamental rights and threaten progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education. Urgent action is needed to save lives and safeguard the right to education for all.

To mark the third International Day to Protect Education from Attack, September 9th, we will take a deep dive into the report findings and discuss implications for decision makers and practitioners. What will it take for the political and normative advances of recent years to translate into safe access to quality education for children growing up in conflict zones?

  • What trends do we see in attacks on education?
  • What steps have been taken to implement the Safe Schools Declaration seven years after it was launched? What have we learned, what works and where do the challenges lie?
  • What do children and young people themselves say about this?
  • What role do the UN, civil society and humanitarian actors play in protecting education and ensuring an effective humanitarian education response that also meets long-term educational goals?

Location: Norad offices, Bygdøy Alle 2, Oslo, Info center. + live stream

September 9, 9:00 – 12:00

09:00: Registration and Coffee

09:30: Introduction (Moderator Gerd-Hanne Fosen)

  • Young Voices from the Sahel (video)
  • Welcome Remarks by Norad Director, Bård Vegar Solhjell
  • Key Note Address, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erling Rimestad
  • Presentation of key findings in the Education Under Attack 2022 report by GCPEA

Panel discussion 1: (Moderator Kari Helene Partapuoli, Secretary General Plan International Norway)

The Safe Schools Declaration was launched in Oslo in 2015. Since then, 114 states have endorsed and taken steps to implement the commitments in practice. What changes do we see at country level seven years later and how do international, regional and national authorities and actors work to translate policy into action?

  • Daouda Diarra, Education in Emergencies Specialist at Plan International's regional office for West and Central Africa
  • Doris Mpoumou, Director and AU representative, Save the Children
  • Cathrine Andersen, Special Representative for the Protection of Civilians, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Tobias Köhler, Senior Legal Adviser at the Norwegian Red Cross

Panel discussion 2: (Moderator Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes)

Ensuring that children and young people can access education in conflict settings is an important commitment in the Safe Schools Declaration and a prerequisite for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4. How do we help ensure access to safe and inclusive education for all through our humanitarian work?

  • Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies (EiE), Petra Heusser, Coordinator of the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies
  • Former Senior Education Cluster Coordinator for Ukraine, David Skinner
  • SAIH (Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund), Line Hegna

Closing remarks: Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes

From 11:30: Light lunch 

The event is organized by Norad, Save the Children, Plan International, and Norwegian Red Cross

The meeting will be held in English. The event will be live-streamed. A link to the live stream will be emailed to all 

Click here to register. Registration deadline 7.

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Publisert 30.08.2022
Sist oppdatert 30.08.2022