(Human Rights Watch) – The global campaign to insulate schools and students from the ravages of war gained momentum today with a string of four new endorsements of the Safe Schools Declaration. The announcements by Djibouti, Macedonia, San Marino, and Peru during the United Nations Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict brings to 79 the number of countries supporting the declaration, a political commitment by countries to do more to protect students, teachers, and schools during times of war. Peru’s endorsement is a particular game changer. Now, the majority of current Security Council members have committed to the declaration’s commonsense steps for alleviating the negative consequences of war on education.