Statement by GCPEA Executive Director Diya Nijhowne on Attacks on Education in Ukraine – Ukraine

GCPEA strongly condemns attacks on kindergartens, schools and universities in Ukraine

(New York, March 9, 2022) — More than 210 educational facilities have been damaged or destroyed since the escalation of hostilities in Ukraine began on February 24, according to the Ministry of Education and Science, although this number has not yet been confirmed. been verified. by the Education Cluster. The attacks included the bombing of a kindergarten and a college. two teachers They were also reported killed when a missile hit a school in Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine. The closure of schools and educational institutions nationwide has affected the entire school-age population: 5.7 million students between the ages of 3 and 17 and more than 1.5 million enrolled in higher education institutions. Special attention must be paid to ensure that the most vulnerable do not drop out of school permanently, including girls and students with disabilities.

Of particular concern, International Amnesty reported that an attack on a nursery school and kindergarten in Okhtyrka, Sumy Oblast, on February 25, used cluster munitions and killed a child and two other civilians. Attacks using widely banned cluster munitions with wide-area effects produce large explosions, which risk harming civilians and damaging civilian infrastructure, and may amount to war crimes.

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