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Impact of Attacks on Education on Children’s Future

According to a new report released by Save the Children, nearly 50% of the 61 million primary school-age children who are out of school worldwide live in conflict-affected countries. This is a serious affront to the basic right to education. Without action from the international and humanitarian communities, direct and indirect attacks on education in areas of conflict will be the predominant barriers to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. Although attacks on education occur throughout the world in both economically developed and developing countries, Attacks on Education: The Impact of Conflict and Grave Violations on Children's Future provides case studies on the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), Pakistan, and Syria. It serves as a call to action for governments, the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council, international donors, and humanitarians to protect and fund education in conflict.

According to the United Nations, an attack on education is defined as any intentional threat or use of force directed against students, teachers, education personnel, and/or education institutions, carried out for political, military, ideological, sectarian, ethnic, religious, or criminal reasons. UN data reveal that in 2012, there were an estimated 3,600 separate, documented attacks on education. The report was released to align with Malala Day and the United Nations Youth Assembly on 12 July 2013, which brought attention to Malala Yousafzai's continued advocacy for global education, particularly for girls, after she was attacked in 2012.

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