We are a group of ten Syrian organizations, working in collaboration with the International Center for Transitional Justice, to document human rights violations, support marginalized groups and victims, make their voices heard, and advocate for democratization and justice in Syria.
I hereby pledge my support to the Save Syrian Schools Project
I believe in the need to work together to secure a safer future for children like Nadeen and the millions of other Syrians who have been affected by the destruction of schools and the prolonged interruption to their right to education and a life free from fear;
I demand that my government representatives and those of other countries, as well as the United Nations and other international organizations with the power to act do so immediately to protect and Save Syrian Schools;
Specifically, I call on these actors to:
Violations Documentation Center (VDC)
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The “Save Syrian Schools” project aims to contribute to stopping attacks on schools and educational institutions by highlighting their deep, long-term consequences at individual and community level, showcasing the innovative responses of local, resilient communities, as well as exposing the legal consequences of attacking and destroying schools.
We seek to mobilize support for accountability in Syria and to urge the international community and decision-makers to develop and adopt policies and concrete actions to protect children and civilian populations and to stop the attacks on schools and address their impact.
Starting in 2011, schools have been targeted and destroyed by all different parties to the Syrian conflict. Our groups have documented a total of 1,292 attacks on Syrian schools since the conflict began. The United Nations estimated at the end of 2014 that 4,072 schools have been closed, damaged, or used as a shelter by the displaced as a result of the conflict. Others put the number even higher.
These attacks have not only destroyed educational facilities but also caused long-term physical and psychological harm to children, parents, families, teachers, and ripped apart whole communities. The damage to the educational infrastructure inside Syria will take decades to repair; the damage to millions of lives may never be undone.
“I really like school, but the moment I reach school and until I leave, I feel nervous, I am always scared that the airplane will come while we are at school,” says 10-year old Nadeen* who experienced an airstrike at her school and who still carries the fear and trauma with her. “Every time I hear the sound of the plane, I remember the day of the massacre.”
The countless terrible consequences of attacks on schools on children like Nadeen and so many others who have been traumatized, maimed, and killed have been exacerbated by a lack of genuine responses to address victim’s needs and claims for justice and effective action to stop attacks and protect children and other civilians from the conflict.