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International Day to protect Education from attack launched

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  • September 10, 2020
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International Day to protect Education from attack launched

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Education

In news

  • The first-ever International Day to Protect Education from Attack is being celebrated on September 9, 2020. 
  • Theme: “Protect Education, Save a Generation.”

Key takeaways

  • The day was established by a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. 
  • UNESCO and UNICEF were called on to raise awareness of the plight of millions of children living in countries affected by conflict.
  • According to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), over the past five years, there have been more than 11,000 reported attacks on education in over 36 countries.
  • 22,000 students, teachers and academics were killed, injured, arrested or otherwise harmed in attacks between 2015 and 2019.
  • UNESCO and UNICEF will facilitate the annual observance of the Day in close collaboration with partners within and outside the UN system.

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