The United Nations (UN) has reiterated its condemnation of attacks on schools in many countries.
On Thursday, Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres told the international community that â€œattacks on schools must stopâ€™â€™.
The UN chief spoke at a virtual event to commemorateâ€¯the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
Noting that education provides knowledge, skills and transforms lives, Guterres said schools must be places of learning, safety and peace.
He lamented the horrors that conflicts inflict on learning, how schools are targeted, destroyed and used for military purposes, while children face violence, exploitation and recruitment to fight.
Guterres revealed that between 2015 and 2020, over 13,000 reports of strikes on education or the military use of educational facilities, were recorded around the world.
â€œThe loss is incalculable. And this threat is not lessening, as the horrifying events in Afghanistan are showing us so starklyâ€