The CanDo ‘Save Syria’s Schools’ Campaign

Dear Members and Supporters,
 
On 19 March, CanDo launched its campaign called ‘Save Syria’s Schools’. We are partnering with them for this important initiative to mark 10 years since the start of the war in Syria.

If you are based in the UK, you may well have seen extracts on the BBC evening news from the Panorama programme that is to be broadcast on various BBC channels over the next few days. The documentary is called ‘Syria’s Schools Under Attack’. During the period since the start of the war, both hospitals and schools have been targeted. In an ideal world, the outrage felt throughout the world, caused by these atrocities, would have been sufficient to bring the attacks to an end. This has not happened.

Please click on the link below to find out how and when you can see the documentary.
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000tkj8

We hope that, once you have seen the film, you will want to add your support, in whatever way you can, to the campaign

The Committee of UAI in the UK
19 March 2021
 

Follow the CanDo campaign by using the social media links immediately below
 

The ‘Save Syria’s Schools’ Campaign

The campaign has THREE aims:
  1. Save lives by preventing further attacks on schools
  2. Protect and heal children and teachers in the event of an attack
  3. Demand public action and accountability for the perpetrators of attacks

Saving Lives
The international community has the means to protect schools and prevent attacks. As one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, the UK Government should commit to action to end attacks on schools. Furthermore, the UK  should review its proposed revision of funding levels and support the scheme to provide protection to schools.

In the context of Government spending, £1,300 per school is a small amount to pay if lives are saved.
 

If you are resident in the UK, you are eligible to sign the petition to be sent to the UK Government.
 
Follow the link below to access the petition.
 
 

Protection and Healing for Children and Teachers

The campaign is raising money for the installation of an early warning system to protect 150 of the most vulnerable schools in Syria. Each school will be connected to an electricity supply and provided with an internet connection. Observers, located near air bases, will use mobile phones to warn of war planes heading in the direction of the schools. It is estimated that it will be possible to give schools a 7 minute window, before an air strike, to allow staff and students time to evacuate their building and take shelter nearby.

It is estimated that the cost for each school will be £1,300. This will cover the establishment of safe shelters, evacuation training and provision of trauma therapy for those caught up in an attack.
 

Click on the following link to access the DONATIONS page.
 
 

Demand Public Action and Accountability for Perpetrators of Attacks
 
The attacks on schools are being initiated by the Assad regime in Syria and those responsible must be held accountable. Currently, the UK Government will only take action against perpetrators who are UK citizens or who are resident in the UK. Pressure needs to be put on the UK Government to widen its reach to include those who enter the UK.

Supporters are urged to do whatever they can to raise public awareness of the need to prosecute those guilty of war crimes.
 

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