Education fund launched
Dubai Cares will provide Dhs73.5 million ($20 million) to ensure that children caught up in conflict do not lose out on an education.
The aid was announced at press conference yesterday and will initially cover three programmes in Lebanon, Niger and Sierra Leone.
The move is part of the Education in Emergencies drive run by the charity.
UN officials have previously warned a “whole generation” of Syrians could miss out on an education due to the civil war in the country.
In Lebanon alone, an estimated 250,000 Syrian child refugees are out of school.
About $2.4 million of the Dubai Cares funding will be spent on a programme in Lebanon that will aim to improve the reading and mathematical ability of 4,600 “highly vulnerable” Syrian refugee children aged six to 16.
It will also strengthen the capacity of 50 teachers.
CEO Tariq Al Gurg said: “Despite the growing number of children caught in conflict and natural disasters, statistics show only one per cent of overall humanitarian aid is spent on education. By Ismail Sebugwaawo
“This makes the needs of children living in fragile states an urgent priority for us.
“We need to show greater commitment to the children and their parents who have voiced their need for educa- tion despite their uncertain conditions.” He added: “The opportunity costs of these years lost due to conflict and natural disasters is exceedingly high and we need to do everything we can to prevent it.”