The Role of Communities in Protecting Education from Attack: Lessons Learned
Attacks on education occur in conflict-affected environments worldwide. Students and teachers are killed, injured, kidnapped, and threatened. Schools are bombed, burned, and taken over by armed groups to be used for military purposes. These attacks impede learning and stunt social and economic development. Protecting students, educators, and the buildings where they learn and teach is, therefore, imperative for both short and long term peace and stability. There is some evidence that involving local communities in initiatives to protect education makes these efforts more effective. Indeed, assessments of programs to protect education indicate communities have a crucial role to play. The goal of this paper is to serve as a guide for involving communities in protecting education in ways that harness the benefits and minimize the risks.