Guterres appeals to stop attacks on schools and universities
Mr. Guterres also welcomed the steps taken by several member states to protect educational institutions
United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to the international community to make efforts to stop attacks on other educational institutions, including schools and universities.
In a virtual event on Wednesday to celebrate the International Day of Protection of Educational Institutions from Attacks Mr. Guterres said, ‘Schools and universities are considered safe places for children and young people. Children and youth go and learn, and apart from their mental and intellectual development, they also become physically strong.’
The UN Secretary-General has appealed to all member states to honor their commitments under existing international agreements to prevent attacks on the right to education. Furthermore, schools and universities should not be used for military activities and the fulfillment of objectives.
Mr. Guterres also welcomed the steps taken by several member states to protect educational institutions. Mr. Guterres called for equal access to education for all, including the underprivileged ones. He called on all member states of the United Nations to ensure education for all, especially the underprivileged youths and children as well as for the refugees.
He said ‘the coronavirus epidemic has highlighted the existing weaknesses in our society. One of them is the unequal access of people to education. To achieve sustainable development goals for the coming decades, we must ensure that no one is left uneducated. This requires quality education for all and safe places for students to read and learn.