Attacks on education are any threatened or actual use of force against students, educators, schools, or universities. Attacks are often carried out for political, military, ideological, religious, or other reasons.
The impacts of an attack on education begin with the immediate harm, loss of life, and damage...
But the effects ripple out from the immediate incident in measurable ways.
Take, for example, an attack in Afghanistan that grabbed headlines in May 2021. An armed group detonated explosives outside Sayed Shuhada High School, near Kabul.
The school was damaged, classes suspended, and at least 85 civilians killed and over 240 wounded, the majority schoolgirls.
Ultimately, the single attack affected the learning of more than 7,500 students who attended the school in shifts.
Here is how:
Students and educators harmed
School days lost
Decline in attendance
Drop-out due to fear or trauma
Students and educators impacted
Teacher flight and decline in education quality
This can lead to fewer, overcrowded classrooms