BIRMINGHAM: United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that he was deeply moved by the resolve and resilience showed by the students of Army Public School Peshawar after the incident.

In a message to an event in Birmingham on first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on Peshawar school, he said these children have shown the power of education, hope and peace.

"I extend my thoughts and good wishes to the family, friends and loved ones of all the victims," he said. 

The UN Chief said: "One year later, I know the pain and sorrow of this utterly senselessness act remains fresh. So does the outrage. No cause justifies such brutality. No grievance excuses the horror and cowardice of attacking defenceless children while they learn."

"I have been deeply moved by the resolve and resilience of students as they returned to school just weeks after the attack. Through that simple act, they have shown the power of education, hope and peace," he added. 

He said that ghoing to school should not have to be an act of bravery. Schools must be safe and secure learning spaces.

At the end, Ban Ki-moon thanked everyone for coming together to remember the fallen students and recommit to ensuring the right to safe and quality education for all.