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International Day to Protect Education from Attack

On International Day to Protect Education from Attack, let's stand together to defend education as a basic human right and protect students' futures.
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Mark your calendars for September 9 because it's time to stand up for the right to education on International Day to Protect Education from Attack. This day was declared by the United Nations in 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of protecting schools and universities from armed attacks, which have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. Education is a fundamental human right and every child should have access to it without fear or danger. Let's come together to support this important cause and show that education is worth fighting for!

History of International Day to Protect Education from Attack

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International Day to Protect Education from Attack Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise in Attacks on Schools</div><div class='timeline-text'>Global increase in attacks on schools began, particularly in conflict zones. This led to international concern over the safety of education.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Grave Violations Against Children</div><div class='timeline-text'>The UN lists attacks on schools and hospitals as one of the six grave violations against children in times of armed conflict.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Consultation</div><div class='timeline-text'>UNESCO and UNICEF organized the first international consultation on education under attack.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Declaration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations declared September 9 as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack to raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding schools from violent assaults.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Implementation of Safe Schools Declaration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect education during armed conflict, had been endorsed by 105 countries by the end of 2020.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Continued Awareness Efforts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Efforts to raise awareness and advocate for the protection of education from attack continue globally, to ensure every child has safe access to education.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day to Protect Education from Attack

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn about the importance of protecting education from attack and share this information with others. This can include hosting a discussion or informational session, or simply sharing resources on social media.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support organizations working to protect education</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate to or volunteer with organizations that work towards protecting education from attack, such as UNICEF, Save the Children, or the Malala Fund. Every contribution helps make a difference.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take action through advocacy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Contact your local representatives and urge them to support policies and initiatives that protect education from attack. You can also sign petitions, participate in rallies and marches, and use your voice to raise awareness about this important issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your community and organize a fundraiser or event to raise funds and awareness for protecting education from attack. This could be a charity run, concert, or any other creative idea you have.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Show your support on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to share information and resources about protecting education from attack. You can also use hashtags and create your own posts to spread the message and show your support for this cause.</p></div></div>

Why International Day to Protect Education from Attack is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Education is a fundamental right</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Everyone has the right to education, regardless of their race, gender, religion or ethnicity. International Day to Protect Education from Attack serves as a reminder of this basic human right, and brings attention to the fact that education should be protected and safe for all individuals worldwide.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Education is vital for development and peace</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By protecting education from attack, we are not only safeguarding an individual's right to learn but also promoting development and peace for communities and nations. Education creates opportunities for growth and understanding, which can foster peaceful relationships and prevent conflicts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Attacks on education have devastating consequences</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Targeting schools and educational facilities not only deprives individuals of their right to learn but also has long-lasting effects on entire communities. Children who are unable to go to school become more vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking, and child labor. Protecting education from attacks is essential to ensure a better future for all individuals.</p></div></div>

5 Astonishing Facts on Education Protection Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Over 75 Countries Experienced Attacks on Education between 2013 and 2017</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to a 2018 report by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), over 75 countries experienced more than 12,700 attacks on education between 2013 and 2017. This shows the scale of the challenge faced globally.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attacks on Education Affect Millions of Children</h3><p class='facts-content'>UNICEF estimates that by mid-2020, over 75 million children aged 3 to 18 living in crisis-affected countries needed educational support.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Geneva Convention of 1949 Declares Attacks on Schools Unlawful</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Geneva Convention IV relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, established in 1949, declares attacks on all civil buildings including schools as unlawful. Despite this, conflict-induced attacks on education persist.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>In Some Countries, Female Students and Teachers are Particularly at Risk</h3><p class='facts-content'>In many conflict-affected regions, female students and educators face targeted attacks, attempts to restrict their access to education, and threats of sexual violence. This further highlights the urgent need for protective measures.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>School Attacks Escalated in the Latter Half of The Last Decade</h3><p class='facts-content'>UNESCO reported a significant rise in attacks on education between 2015 and 2019, compared to the previous five years. This alarming trend underscores the urgency of observing and acting on the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.</p></div></div>

International Day to Protect Education from Attack FAQs

When is International Day to Protect Education from Attack?

International Day to Protect Education from Attack is celebrated on September 9th every year. In 2024, the date falls on a Monday.

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