Ed­u­ca­tion fund launched

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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.”

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