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Safe Schools Declaration

Statement made on 23 April 2018

Statement UIN HLWS612


My right Honourable Friend, the Secretary for State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Boris Johnson), has made the following written Ministerial statement:

I am today announcing that the UK will endorse the Safe Schools Declaration underlining our political support for the protection of schools during military operations and armed conflict. Furthermore, the UK will encourage relevant international partners to endorse the Declaration.

The Safe Schools Declaration is a pledge; an assurance from governments to take all feasible measures to protect schools during armed conflict.

The provision of education in conflict zones and humanitarian situations puts affected populations back on track, establishes routine and purpose, shapes belief in the future, and supports the process of reconstruction.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Safe Schools Declaration
Boris Johnson
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Conservative, Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Statement made 23 April 2018