Implementation of the Safe Schools Declaration

Implementation of the commitments outlined in the Safe Schools Declaration can lead to positive changes on the ground. In the short time since the Declaration was opened for endorsement, good evidence has already emerged across different regions that its implementation leads to tangible improvements in protecting education.

Measures to implement the various commitments in the Declaration should be adapted according to the context and capacity of each State. GCPEA has collected examples of concrete measures to protect students and teachers from attack, and schools and universities from attack and military use, which can serve as inspiration to fellow States and other stakeholders.

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What can be done to better protect women and girls from attacks on education and military use of educational institutions?

Learn how to implement the Safe Schools Declaration in a gender-responsive way that will better protect women and girls.

Implementation Resource Bank

Click on the commitments below to see examples of good practice, as well as resources, international standards, and tools. 

A Congolese rebel fighter walks through an abandoned classroom, which was used as an armory for the Congolese army, in Bunagana, a town they overran near the Uganda border July 7, 2012. Rebels in Congo said on Friday they had seized the eastern town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda after days of fierce fighting with government troops during which a U.N. peacekeeper was killed and thousands of residents displaced. REUTERS/James Akena (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS EDUCATION MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1E87802T601

Use the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use



Collect Data



Provide Assistance to Victims


A boy looks through the wall of a building damaged by an Israeli strike at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing more than a dozen and wounding tens after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The Israeli military said mortar shells had been fired from near the school, and that soldiers fired back. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Investigate and Prosecute Allegations of Violations



Conflict-sensitive Approaches to Education



Seek to Ensure the Continuation of Education During Armed Conflict



Support the Efforts of the UN Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict, and Other Relevant UN Organs



Meet on a Regular Basis to Review Implementation of the Declaration and the Guidelines