Children and Armed Conflict: The case for better protection of schools

The Campaign: „Protect my school!“

As one theme of the German Presidency of the Security Council in July, Germany submitted a resolution to the Security Council that helps to better protect schools & hospitals and related facilities in the context of armed conflict.

The resolution is aimed at establishing an additional trigger to name and shame those who disregard the rights of children in armed conflict. It is a first step in order to deter acts of violence against schools and health facilities and to eventually put perpetrators under sanctions as stipulated by the United Nations Security Council.

In preparation for the adopted resolution, Germany held an open preparatory meeting with members of the Security Council, UN member states, UN agencies and NGOs.

With a special focus on education, the German Mission and the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict also gave the floor to those affected: The German Mission invited for worldwide contributions – photographs, drawings or audio-files – to state the case of why especially schools deserve to be better protected. We presented a slideshow – compiled from the submissions – at the preparatory meeting on June 30. The aim was to provide compelling reason to act against attacks on facilities that provide education for the young generation.

Mia Farrow's support for Children in Armed Conflict

On 13 June, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow blows soap bubbles to amuse children at the Zam Zam camp for people displaced by the conflict, near El Fasher, capital of North Darfur State.

Read why UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow supports new efforts to better protect children in armed conflict

"Protect my School" - the slideshow

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