High-level Virtual Event to Mark the International Day to Protect Education From Attack


Girl in Syria.

Across the globe, children’s education has been under fire. In the last five years alone, more than 22,000 students, teachers and academic staff were injured or killed on school property – all as a result of armed conflict or insecurity. To shed light on these challenges, on September 9, the international community will commemorate the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

This event follows the General Assembly’s adoption of Resolution A/74/275, which reaffirms the right to education for all and the importance of safe, enabling learning environments within humanitarian emergencies. This resolution, which was presented by the State of Qatar, recognises the realities more than 75 million children and young people are facing – and the fact that in 35 crisis-affected countries, these children are in urgent need of educational support.

The International Day to Protect Education from Attack is a call for accountability as it depicts global consensus that all countries have responsibilities to prevent attacks on education in conflict settings.

Tune into the event to hear from Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General United Nations; David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the 7 Fund for UNICEF; and Dr Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the End Violence Partnership, among other high-level speakers from across the world.


September 9, 2020


8:30 - 10am New York

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