An art installation at the Third International Conference on Safe Schools in Palma, Spain, 2019, depicting a school destroyed in Syria (Photo: Article 36)

An art installation at the Third International Conference on Safe Schools in Palma, Spain, 2019, depicting a school destroyed in Syria (Photo: Article 36)

For the Third International Conference on Safe Schools in Palma, Spain in May 2019, Article 36 developed a tabletop exercise for participants to discuss different scenarios featuring threats and attacks against education in armed conflict, and the military use of schools.

The purpose of this session was to develop understanding and discussion amongst participants of the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), and the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities From Military Use During Armed Conflict, as practical tools that can be used for the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

The exercise was designed and coordinated by Article 36 in partnership with the Ministries of Defence of Spain and Argentina, and the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA).

The session was welcomed by participants for helping to contribute to a better understanding of the issues, and the practical utility of the SSD and the Guidelines as instruments and commitments. An aspiration was expressed to undertake such an exercise again, at future meetings on the implementation of the SSD and on the broader agenda of protecting education from attack.

To facilitate this work, this new publication from Article 36 makes the materials used for the tabletop exercise available for download (in Arabic, EnglishFrench, Spanish), and also gives some reflections on the implementation of the exercise at the Palma conference.

The purpose of this compilation of materials is to support the use of this exercise (or similar exercises) again at future workshops, meetings and conferences as appropriate.

These materials are free to use if credited to Article 36. For more information about this work, contact Richard Moyes (richard@article36.org).

Download this publication

Tabletop exercise on using the Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines: A compendium of materials, reflections and notes for implementing the exercise

July 2019

  • Download the scenario materials for use, in Arabic, EnglishFrench, Spanish (translations: Article 36/Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack)

 

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