This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop entitled “Education and Armed Non-State Actors: Towards a comprehensive agenda,” which was held in Geneva in June 2015, co-organized by Geneva Call and Protect Education in Insecurity and Attack (PEIC).The workshop’s main objectives were to consider the multiple roles that armed non-State actors (ANSAs) play in protecting, facilitating and providing education, as well as the suitability of the international response educational issues in conflict situations. PEIC

The workshop included representatives of three ANSA education departments or affiliated organizations, namely the Karen National Union from Burma/Myanmar, the Self-Administration in Rojava/People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Syria, and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) from Sudan. Other participants represented UN agencies, the ICRC, NGOs and the academic community.

Discussions at the workshop were framed by a previously circulated background paper prepared by Jonathan Somer, of Persona Grata Consulting. This paper laid out a clear frame of reference for better understanding the role of ANSAs in the provision of education and the challenge this poses for the international community. The background paper can be downloaded here.

 

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