Children are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before. Over the past decade, the number of extremely violent conflicts has almost doubled. 250 million children now live in conflict-affected areas, and a quarter of children in conflict zones are out of school.
In the midst of these conflicts, schools can become a vital source of safety and hope for children. Yet in recent years, a pattern of attacks on schools, universities, students and staff has been identified.
Between 2009 and 2013, 1,000 such attacks took place in Afghanistan, Colombia, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.