Boko Haram, whose name in Hausa, the dominant language in northern Nigeria, means “Western education is forbidden,” has targeted and killed teachers, education workers and students.
At least 611 teachers have been deliberately killed and a further 19,000 have been forced to flee since 2009.
It charts the different kinds of assaults waged by the group – including targeted killings, suicide attacks, widespread abduction, burning and looting.
Some of these assaults likely amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The group’s brutal insurgency has affected every strata of life in Nigeria’s northeast, including education, which has become the fault line of the conflict.
For example, in Borno, one of the most affected states, schools at all levels have been closed in 22 out of 27 local government areas for at least two years, and public secondary schools in the state capital, Maiduguri, only reopened in February 2016 after internally displaced people, or IDPs, who occupied most of the schools, were relocated elsewhere.
Education might have ground to a complete standstill in even relatively safe Maiduguri if it were not for some private schools that remained open when state authorities shut down public schools in March 2014.
More than 2,000 people, many of them female, have been abducted by the group, many from their schools from the beginning of the conflict.
Thousands more students and teachers have been injured, some in deadly suicide bombs in the same period.