Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal
"Today's agreement shows our on-going commitment to help those who are most vulnerable in any conflict: children and young people. We need to do all we can to prevent a lost generation growing up without access to school as a result of the terrible conflict in Syria. With our overall assistance 2.5 million children in the region will be given a chance to receive education and with it hope for a better future," said Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy after signing the four contracts.
“With the crisis in Syria now well into its third year, we must continue to do all we can to prevent the loss of an entire generation,” said Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “Education should never be a casualty of conflict or a cost of crisis and this support from the EU will help prevent that loss and in doing so, benefit millions of children in Syria.”
A Back to Learning campaign is under way in all affected countries supported by UNICEF and its partners, which aims to reach more than 1.5 million children in the region.
About the European Union:
The EU is the largest international donor in the context of the Syria crisis accounting for a significant proportion of the overall global funding. The EU has so far mobilised € 1.8 billion ($2.43 billion) in relief, recovery and development aid from both the Commission and Member States. European assistance reaches up to 80 per cent of the population affected by the crisis.
10.09.2015 in Projects
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