Schools and Extremist Groups

Two years have passed since Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, and 219 of the girls remain missing. The anniversary, and that of the kidnapping of another 300 schoolchildren from another town, marks a grim roll call for education in the country's northeast. More than 910 schools were destroyed, 1,500 forced to close, at least 611 teachers deliberately killed, and 19,000 were forced to flee. Close to a million school-age children have fled the violence and now have little or no access to schooling. Boko Haram's increasingly brutal attacks aren't an unusual sight - Nigeria is ground zero for a practice that more and more characterizes war: the intentional targeting of schools, teachers and students. At least 30 countries have had a pattern of such attacks in the past decade, according to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. This includes places well-known for attacks on schools, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, as well as many others, like Southern Thailand, South Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen. Schools and school children are always being caught in the middle and even worse being targeted when it comes to these extremist groups like Boko Haram and this can't happen. They need sufficient protection! But then the question remains how does one provide enough protection to these schools and what is enough? What do you think?

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