Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) is a unique inter-agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the problem of targeted attacks on education during armed conflicts. 

It brings together a wide range of organizations, including CARA, Human Rights Watch, the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict, Save the Children International, the Scholars at Risk Network, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, all working to safeguard education in conflicts and crises, to protect children, students and academics, and to promote human rights and international humanitarian law.

CARA has been involved from GCPEA's inception and currently serves as Vice-Chair, and as a member of the Higher Education and Programmes and Policies Working Groups.

Full details of GCPEA's work is available on its website.  Recent work has focussed on producing an updated version of the 2010 report, Education under Attack, and on promoting discussion of the draft Lucens Guidelines, aimed at protecting schools and universities from military use during armed conflict.  A paper on the specific issues surrounding attacks on Higher Education was released in New York on 4 December, and can be viewed here.