Schools increasingly on the front line of armed conflict, laments NGO

International non-governmental organisation (NGO) Save the Children says the militant attack on schools is increasing at an alarming rate.

The Argentinian government is hosting an international conference dedicated to protecting students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of armed conflict.

The focus of this conference will be the Safe Schools Declaration, an international commitment drafted under the leadership of Argentina and Norway and endorsed by over 60 countries.

Schools have been attacked or taken over and used for military purposes in at least 30 countries since 2009.

Save the Children's Bergdis Joelsdottir says the military use of schools is under reported and not enough statistics exist on the rising phenomenon.

Since 2013, we have at least 21 countries that are conflict where we have evidence of a serious attack on schools.

Bergdis Joelsdottir, advocacy advisor at Save the Children

The place where children go to learn - their safe haven - becomes one of the most dangerous places for children in those countries.

Bergdis Joelsdottir, advocacy advisor at Save the Children

Joelsdottir explains that the prolonged military use of schools disrupts the education of young children and impedes their future learning.

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