IFGE would like to express its sadness at the recent shootings in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and offer our condolences to the families, community and all connected with the school for the 19 students & 2 teachers whose lives were lost in this incident. We are strong advocates for the right to safe, inclusive education for all to ensure that all children, youth, teachers, and education support professionals can be safe in their schools and communities. We are aware that there is a debate about what is the best way to keep schools safe in the U.S. and whether weapons should have any role in this process. Given that this is the 27th school shooting incident in the U.S. this year we feel it is important to support our colleagues in Global Campaign for Education U.S. as they advocate for a solution to this issue that will make their schools safer places for all who study and work there.
We want to share the GCE US statement about the Robb Elementary School shootings here and there is a link to the full statement below.
Schools are meant to be safe.
“It is critical that everyone advocates together for school safety for all children, youth, teachers, and education support professionals. At the Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US), we are deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the 19 children and two teachers whose lives were taken much too soon by this act of senseless violence. This news comes just a week after a racially motivated mass shooting in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where ten people were killed.
While we are frustrated, saddened, and angered by these tragedies, we know that change and reform are only possible through consistent and coordinated action. At GCE-US, we are committed to advocating together for the right to safe, inclusive education for all — to ensure that all children, youth, teachers, and education support professionals can be safe at school and in their communities.”