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Schools During War



This short video titled, “What Happens To Schools In War Zones?” discusses how fighting bodies continue to violate war rules by making schools and children their target. The interesting thing is that policy-making bodies like the UN have condemned these war crimes on multiple occasions. Countries have come together to design laws and policies incident after the incident to reduce the violence on schools and children and other civilians.




However, to this day, all of it happens. Kids are not only made to flee their destructed schools, killed but also used as human shields by militant groups. It is also interesting to note that only undeveloped countries are not plagued by this issue. Developed countries like Ukraine are not foreign to war crimes against school-going children.


Education is one of the most basic human rights. It is appalling that the world has failed to come to a consensus to solve these issues. The UN, in my opinion, has failed to do what it was made to do – protect the most vulnerable in society. Who is more vulnerable and naïve than children sitting in classes being bombarded with bombs and gunshots? Being terrorized by attacks and whatnot.

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It is true that the UN has failed to protect the rights of children and give protection to schools. But there are other factors too because it would be better if there are more than savior of children's fundamental rights to education. There should be cooperation of other NGOs and social activist organization so that an effective solution could be made and result in reduced violence towards children education.

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I totally agree with you. UN presents itself as the biggest advocate of peace and education and yet it stays silent when Israel attacks the schools in Palestine, when the US attacks kids in Afghanistan, when the Taliban kill school children and bomb schools when Muslim children in China are kept in concentration camps. This is the ugly reality of our world...

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Unfortunately, biggest advocates of human rights like US stay silent when Israel bomb the schools and hospitals of Palestine. Also, US stayed for 20 years in the Afghanistan, and now they are like we did not go to Afghanistan for nation building. World powers become the perpetrators and silent audiences when such atrocities are happening. I do not know when will this stop...

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Zersh Salman
Zersh Salman
Aug 19, 2021

I think despite the efforts of UN, there are numerous factors that result in these attacks still being carried out today. Even though in a conflict situation, education is probably one of the first services to be lost, it isn't considered a priority just because lack of education does not have immediately life-threatening consequences. While funds are provided to improve things, governments need to allocate more budget to rebuild and secure the education system and should also cooperate more with NGOs to ensure effective changes.

However, I'm still thinking what can be done in cases such as that of Boko Haram where schools, students, and teachers are frequently attacked just because these armed groups perceive foreign education, culture, and practices…

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How horrible it is that schools quite often become particular targets of violence amidst the catastrophy of war. The picture you have posted is reflective of this. Education is a fundamental right of every human being and its continued access even amidst situations of conflict is absolutely necessary. UN doesn't care about these issues and these kids and even when it does appear to , it's only for performative activism on the world forum. It's vested interests lie somewhere else. Perhaps with the interests of those world leaders who control it.

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