UN envoy rings alarm over attacks on schools

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The UN secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba, on Thursday rang the alarm over attacks on schools and education personnel.

Attacks on schools do not decrease over the years. On the contrary, there seems to be an emerging tactic of war, particularly in the Sahel, where schools are targeted precisely because they are schools, and even more if they cater to girls, she said.

In the last two years in Mali, teachers were threatened and killed; education facilities demolished and learning material burnt, leading to the closure of over 1,260 schools, even before COVID-19, she told a Security Council open debate on attacks against schools.