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GCE statement on Garissa University College attack

The Global Campaign for Education strongly condemns last week’s devastating attack on Garissa University College in north-eastern Kenya by Al-Shabaab militants, which has resulted in at least 148 deaths and a large number of causalities.  The vast majority of the victims were students. Not only is this an horrific attack on innocent life, it is also a direct attack on the right to education. The increasing number and frequency of attacks worldwide on schools, colleges, students and teachers is of deep concern.

GCE President Camilla Croso stated:

"That this heinous massacre was directed at innocent students and teachers in a place of learning is an outrage and a tragedy.  All education institutions must be a safe haven for staff and students alike; GCE has consistently been calling for governments to commit to ensuring safe learning environments as part of the new post-2015 goals for education. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go to the people of Kenya at this difficult time."

Limbani Nsapato from the Africa Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA), which is a member of GCE, said:

"ANCEFA condemns this barbaric attack which turns university into a war zone and attacks the right to quality education for all. We ask the leadership in Kenya to provide sufficient security in centres of learning."

GCE stands in solidarity with its national member coalition in Kenya - the Elimu Yetu Coalition - and all those fighting to advance and protect education as a fundamental human right. Furthermore, GCE reiterates its call for governments to take action in ensuring that citizens can access their right to education in a safe environment at all times.

This statement is also available in French, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese.