Photo Credit and Captions


  1. Top: Girls attend class at a school in Afghanistan. © 2018 Andrew Quilty/IRC
  2. The Third International Conference: Syrian children sit inside a classroom of the damaged Al Kefir school at Jisr al-Shughur in the rebel-held Idlib Province. More than 200 students are still going to the school despite the devastation caused by raids carried out by the Syrian government between 2015 and 2016. © 2019 Anas Alkharboutli/dpa/AP Images
  3. What does international law say: A school damaged in Nikishine, Ukraine while being used by rebel fighters between September 2014 and February 2015. © 2015 Yulia Gorbunova/Human Rights Watch
  4. Support for the Declaration: An eager student leads her class at a displacement camp housed at a school in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria. © 2016 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch


  1. Use the Guidelines: A Congolese rebel fighter walks through an abandoned classroom that had been used as an armory by the Congolese army in Bunagana, a town the rebels overran near the Ugandan border, July 7, 2012. © 2012 Reuters/James Akena
  2. Collect Data: A Ukrainian soldier walks through an abandoned school that was destroyed by repeated artillery barrages in the frontline village of Pisky, near Donetsk. © 2016 Jack Losh
  3. Provide Assistance: A student stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015, at the Aal Okab school in Saada, Saada Governorate, Yemen. © 2017 Giles Clarke/OCHA
  4. Investigate Allegations: 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. © 2014 AP Photo/Hatem Moussa
  5. Conflict-sensitive Approaches: Children look through a destroyed classroom window at Yerwa Primary School, Maiduguri, Borno state, damaged by Boko Haram during attacks in 2010 and 2013. The school, established in 1915, was the first primary school in northeast Nigeria. © 2015 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch
  6. Seek to Ensure: Internally displaced children attending classes at a displacement camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria in September 2015. © 2015 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch
  7. Support the Efforts: The UN Security Council meets on July 9, 2018 for an open debate on children and armed conflict. Photo: © 2018 UN Photo
  8. Meeting on a Regular Basis: A school in Bentiu, South Sudan, that had been taken over by the military and was being used as an army barrack. © 2014 OSRSG-CAAC