Education Sector Under Attack in Many African Countries – Report

Pupils (File Photo).

A report by a team of international experts specialising in examining threats facing people living and working in dangerous environments, Insecurity Insight, says armed conflicts in Africa is destabilising the education sector.

The report by the Switzerland based non-profit aligns with the definition of attacks on education used by the Global Coalition to Protect Education under Attack (GCPEA) in Education under Attack 2018.

Burkina Faso

06 June 2019: In Dori, Saghel region, the University of Dori was raided by the police during a press conference. Five students were wounded and 20 others arrested amidst a dispute between students and the administration due to the refusal by the latter to postpone two exams. Source: ACLED


12 June 2019: In Rutonganyikwa, Buhiga commune, Karuzi province, a secondary student was assaulted by Imbonerakure members for his father’s CNL political party affiliation. Source: SOS Medias Burundi I and SOS Medias Burundi II 16-17 June 2019: In Bubogora, Murwi, Kayanza province, Imbonerakure members used clubs to attack and injure a group of teachers and CNL political party supporters. Imbonerakure members claim the CNL teachers were in possession of rifles. Source: ACLED


05 June 2019: In Rutshuru, North Kivu province, unidentified men kidnapped a teacher. No further details available. Source: La Prunelle


09 June 2019: In Bokkos, Plateau State, unidentified gunmen attacked the student hostels at the Plateau State University Campus. One male student was killed and a female student raped. Sources: Daily Post and New telegraph NG

South Sudan

23 June 2019: In Apet, Rumbek East County, unidentified gunmen ambushed and killed two male Ugandan teachers who were on their way to work at the Hope and Resurrection Secondary School. Source: Radio Tamazuj


03 June 2019: In Khartoum, in the midst of a military crackdown on demonstrators calling for civilian rule, members of the Rapid Support Forces deliberately attacked, looted and destroyed an unspecified number of schools. Source: TNH

09 June 2019: In Khartoum state, paramilitary forces allegedly stormed the University of Khartoum, killing four protesters and destroying campus property. The raid occurred days after several university groups reportedly launched a civil disobedience campaign in response to the violence instigated by the transitional military council in recent weeks. Sources: Dabanga Sudan, AP News, The Guardian, Albayan, Al Jazeera, Suna, and University World News

27 June 2019: In Khartoum, RSF paramilitaries beat and detained dozens of students at the East Nile University College, before taking them to an unknown location. It is unclear if they were later released.

SOURCE: Insecurity Insight