Attacks on schools need to stop – UN chief

António Guterres, UN Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres on Thursday gotten in touch with the international neighborhood to state with one voice that “attacks on schools must stop” and that schools be safe for schooling”.

Guterres made the call at a virtual event to commemorate the International Day to Protect Education from Attack globally celebrated on Sept. 9.

“Schools must be places of learning, safety and peace,” he stated, admiring education as not just supplying understanding and abilities however likewise changing lives and driving advancement for individuals, neighborhoods and for societies.
Nevertheless, he included, “year after year, this fundamental right comes under attack”.

The leading UN authorities motivated the individuals to picture being a kid in a class excited to find out, or an instructor devoted to forming the minds of the next generation.

“Now imagine the horrors inflicted by conflict on learning”, he stated, painting an image of schools being targeted, damaged– or utilized for military functions– and of kids dealing with violence, exploitation, even being hired to combat merely since they wish to study.

The secretary-general mentioned the Global Coalition to secure education from attack.

He exposed that in between 2015 and 2020, over 13,000 reports of strikes on education, or the military usage of academic centers, had actually been taped around the globe.

“And this hazard is not decreasing, as the terrible occasions in Afghanistan are revealing us so starkly,” he said.

Guterres reminded that these were not numbers on a page, but thousands of individual lives and individual futures.

“The loss is incalculable,” he stated.

The UN called on all countries who had not yet done so, to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration – an inter-governmental political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools and universities, from the worst effects of armed conflict.

Endorsed by 111 States to date, the declaration outlines concrete steps for governments to protect schools and learning.

“We urge Member States to go beyond their commitments under international law and put in place national policies and laws that protect schools and learners,” the UN chief said.

He flagged the need to “hold perpetrators accountable” by making attacks on schools “unacceptable and punished” in every country and jurisdiction, the world over.

The UN chief called for increased global support for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF, who are “working around the clock” to protect education, students, teachers and schools in some of the most dangerous places around the world.

“While great strides have been made in recent years, more must be done to protect the right to education for all,” he stated.

“As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am happy to stand with you in this essential effort, since when we secure education, we secure the future,” he stated.

Attacks on schools need to stop - UN chief