Parliament approves participation of Safe School Declaration

Parliament of the Maldives | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – The Parliament of Maldives has approved the participation of Maldives in the Safe School Declaration, which is a political commitment to better protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during armed conflict.

The declaration, which was passed with 34 votes of the Members present at the Parliament during the hearing held on Tuesday, was drafted through a consultative process led by Norway and Argentina and was opened for state endorsement at an international conference held in Oslo, Norway, in May 2015.

Endorsing states of the declaration commit to use the guidelines for protecting schools and universities from military use during armed Conflict, a non-binding practical tool that offers guidance to parties in conflict to exercise restraint in using schools and universities for military purposes, which better safeguards the civilian character of education facilities.