Full Citation: UNESCO. (2010). Protecting education from attack: A state-of-the-art review. Paris, France: UNESCO.
Overview: With support from the Office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned of Qatar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, UNESCO convened an international expert seminar, ‘Protecting Education from Attack’, in Paris, from 28 September to 1 October 2009. This seminar was ground-breaking in that it brought together a wide range of actors with backgrounds in education, child protection, international humanitarian and human rights law, including representatives from international and national NGOs, UN agencies, networks, governments, academia and media. Some of the key recommendations emerging from the seminar are presented below. They draw on the international expert seminar’s presentations, plenary discussions and working group discussions. A more detailed review of the seminar’s principal findings and discussion points is presented in Chapter 2. Many of the seminar speakers also authored background papers, commissioned to document the rich experiences and varied viewpoints of researchers and practitioners active in the field of protecting education from attack (see Part II, Chapters 3 to 15). The papers, together with the discussions and findings of the seminar, provide insight into the state of knowledge on this theme and offer direction towards an agenda for action.