Protecting education from attack

© UNESCO/ Maja Hitij
Palestinian School girls at classroom

Within the framework of a pilot crisis-Disaster Risk Reduction programme, UNESCO promoted schools as safe zones in 29 schools of the Access Restricted Area and other vulnerable locations of the Gaza strip through key activities. These included first aid training for teachers and students, improving safety awareness and familiarizing with best safety practices through training and the creation of school-based safety committees, providing psychosocial support to teachers and students, and improving the monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children.

The programme also included the introduction of an SMS alert system to enable real time protection in cases of incidents. Building on the 2009 Protecting Education from Attack conference held in Paris, UNESCO Ramallah is working with the Global Coalition to protect education from attack and sharing good practices, particularly regarding monitoring and reporting of attacks on education

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