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The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) was established in 2010 by organizations from the fields of education in emergencies and conflict-affected fragile states, higher education, protection, international human rights, and international humanitarian law who were concerned about on-going attacks on educational institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity.
GCPEA is governed by a steering committee made up of the following international organizations: Education Above All (EAA), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Save the Children International (SCI), Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF), UNESCO, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The Institute of International Education (IIE) currently serves as GCPEA's fiscal and administrative agent.
We seek to establish a world in which all who wish to learn, teach and research, at all levels and in all forms of education, and all those who support them, can do so in conditions of safety, security, dignity and equality, free from fear, consistent with the principles of mutual understanding, peace, tolerance and academic freedom.
To catalyse enhanced prevention of attacks on education, effective response to attacks, improved knowledge and understanding, better monitoring and reporting, stronger international norms and standards, and increased accountability.
To highlight the incidence and impact of attacks on education in conflict-affected and fragile situations among key actors, and cultivate public support for education in safe and secure environments
To promote the strengthening of existing monitoring and reporting systems as well as the creation of new systems where needed
To promote effective, coherent, timely and evidence-based programmatic measures, including prevention and response
To encourage adherence to existing international law protecting education and the strengthening of international norms and standards as needed
To fight impunity for attacks on education by promoting and supporting a range of accountability measures.
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack is a project of Tides Center