The General Secretary of Education International, Fred van Leeuwen, has asked for anybody who was appalled by the tragedy in Peshawar’s Army Public School to sign the petition which will be presented to the Pakistan authorities by the UN Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, in the coming weeks:
“…. one of our member organizations in Pakistan, the Pakistan Teachers’ Organisations Council (PTOC) has reported to us that the slain teachers made every possible effort to save as many lives as possible. Students have witnessed some extraordinary acts of courage shown by a number of our colleagues. Two of them who tried to prevent the terrorists from entering their class rooms, were doused in petrol and set ablaze. The massacre in Peshawar is not the first attack on children and teachers by terrorists. In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, groups of religious extremists have declared war on education, which they believe to be a sinful enterprise.
When earlier this year the Nigerian extremists from Boko Haram abducted 192 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, Education International gave its full support to the Safe School Initiative, launched by the UN Global Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. This initiative aims at assisting education authorities to create safe school environments, particularly in troubled areas. Unfortunately, governments and aid agencies have not yet made available the necessary financial resources.
We believe that the world community must be mobilized against heinous attacks on our schools. Governments around the world must take their responsibility and help prevent these crimes, which, obviously, are also seriously hampering efforts to achieve education for all children by the end of 2015.
This is to kindly but urgently request to you to call on your membership either through your regular publications or through the social media to sign a petition “