UN / PROTECT EDUCATION FROM ATTACK

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Addressing a virtual event to mark the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged member states to honour their commitments under existing international agreements that prohibit attacks on the right to education.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In addition to depriving millions of vulnerable learners from accessing education, this violence has serious adverse effects, including increased drop-out rates, prolonged educational disruption, child recruitment into armed groups, early pregnancy and sexual violence. These attacks simply must not continue. I urge all Member States to honour their commitments under existing international agreements that prohibit attacks on the right to education. Schools and universities are supposed to be safe spaces, where learners can grow, develop and be empowered.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beckham, Goodwill Ambassador, UNICEF:
“Sadly, continued conflict around the world is affecting the future of entire generations of children. And this year a new horror for children to face. COVID-19 has ripped through communities, taken lives, threaten livelihoods, and disrupted education for many millions. Children’s physical health has been threatened, and so has their mental health, at a time when many are being denied access to education as schools address the impact of the pandemic. So, education and our fight for access for all have never been more important.”
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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today (9 Sep) urged member states to honour their commitments under existing international agreements that prohibit attacks on the right to education.”

Addressing a virtual event to mark the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, the Secretary-General said, “in addition to depriving millions of vulnerable learners from accessing education, this violence has serious adverse effects, including increased drop-out rates, prolonged educational disruption, child recruitment into armed groups, early pregnancy and sexual violence.

He said, “schools and universities are supposed to be safe spaces, where learners can grow, develop and be empowered.”

Also addressing the event, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said “sadly, continued conflict around the world is affecting the future of entire generations of children,” adding that the COVID-19 pandemic is “a new horror for children to face.”

The retired football star said, “COVID-19 has ripped through communities, taken lives, threaten livelihoods, and disrupted education for many millions. Children’s physical health has been threatened, and so has their mental health, at a time when many are being denied access to education as schools address the impact of the pandemic.”
Education and our fight for access for all,” Beckham said, “have never been more important.”

The day was established by a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly, calling on UNESCO and UNICEF to raise awareness of the plight of millions of children living in countries affected by conflict. The resolution proclaiming the Day was presented by the State of Qatar and co-sponsored by 62 countries.
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