EU increases humanitarian aid budget for education of children in emergencies

The European Commission has announced today it will further increase the part of humanitarian funding dedicated to getting children into education in crisis zones around the world. In 2018, 8% of the EU’s humanitarian budget will go to education in emergencies, which is far above the global average of less than 3%.

“The EU is a global leader in supporting education in emergencies. Concretely this means giving children in some of the most difficult situations in the world an opportunity for the future. As I have travelled to many crises zones, from refugee camps to areas devastated by natural disasters, it is always clear that education is much more than a human right or a basic need. It is safety, dignity and a shield against radicalisation. By supporting education we are making the biggest investment we can in the future of the most vulnerable. We are investing in peace.” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides during a High Level Education Event, organised in the margins of the UN General Assembly 2017 in New York.

The EU’s contribution in 2018 of over €86 million will support access to formal and non-formal education, including life skills and vocational training, recreational activities and psychosocial support for girls and boys in crisis areas around the world. Several EU projects will be focussed on girls; giving them access to education and helping them learn life and vocational skills. Children will also benefit from the provision of school materials and the creation of new learning spaces. Teachers and parents will also be supported and benefit from training.

Commissioner Stylianides has made education in emergencies a priority since the beginning of his mandate, continuing to increase the EU’s financial support to education projects for children affected by crises every year since he took office. EU support allocated to education in emergencies went from 1% of its humanitarian budget in 2015 to 6% in 2017 and will eventually go to 8% in 2018. This aid has reached 4 million children and teachers in 50 countries between 2012-2016.

The EU’s humanitarian aid will be channelled through non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies and International Organisations to reach the most vulnerable.


Today, some 75 million children living in crisis-affected countries and forced displacement lack access to quality education.

By the end of 2016, nearly 4 million boys and girls in 50 countries around the world have benefitted from these in Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela and Yemen.

EU-funded educational activities are tailored to take into account the different needs of children based on their age, gender and other specific circumstances.

In March 2017, the EU launched its largest ever humanitarian programme for education in emergencies. This €34 million Conditional Cash Transfer Programme will enable some 230, 000 refugee children to attend school in Turkey.

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Factsheet on Education in Emergencies

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News in Brief 20 September 2017 (PM)

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Migrants at a detention centre in the city of Zawiya, Libya. Photo: Mathieu Galtier/IRIN

World must “seize the moment” to end protracted crisis in Libya: Guterres

The international community needs to “seize the moment” and work towards a lasting political solution to the protracted crisis that has gripped Libya for the past six years.

UN chief António Guterres made the plea on Wednesday at the start of a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters which he said could prove to be of “historic significance” in finally bringing warring factions together across the oil-rich country.

He said it was crucial to fashion a Libyan-led solution, and called on all countries to show an unequivocal commitment to the Libyan people, “under the UN umbrella.”

Mr Guterres promised to increase the UN presence in the country as soon as possible, and execute a plan of action on the basis of trust and leadership among all parties with a stake in Libya’s future.

“The Libyan people have suffered too much. The Libyan people deserve peace and to live in democracy and prosperity…To solve the Libyan crisis must be a priority not only for the neighbours, not only for the African and European continents, but I would say for the whole world. It is my deep belief that circumstances are now created in a way that allow for a solution to be possible. I don’t think we can miss this opportunity.”

Suicide attacks in Lake Chad Basin condemned by UN chief

Suicide attacks in north-east Nigeria on Monday and neighbouring Cameroon on Sunday, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

At least 20 people were killed during the two assaults, which media reports suggest bore the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.

Nigeria’s Lake Chad region has been in the grip of Boko Haram violence for years, leading to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has left over two million people displaced, hungry, and seeking refuge.

In a statement condemning the latest attacks, UN chief António Guterres expressed his condolences to the people and Governments of Nigeria and Cameroon.

He wished the injured a speedy recovery and hoped that justice would be swiftly served.

Mr Guterres reiterated the UN’s solidarity and support for Lake Chad Basin countries in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali journalist

The death of a Somali broadcast journalist, Abdullahi Osman Moallim, has been denounced by the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr Moallim worked for the Somali broadcaster Jubbaland TV and he was killed during a suicide bombing in the town of Beledweyne, close to the Ethiopian border, on 13 September.

The attack happened outside a restaurant and at least six people were killed and 10 were injured, including two other journalists, according to news reports.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the killing, adding that “journalists the world over are being attacked based on their mission to keep the public informed.”

She called on Somali authorities to investigate the attack and extended her condolences to all the victims and their families.

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Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Suicide Attacks in Lake Chad Basin, Stressing Support for Governments to Fight Terrorism, Violent Extremism


20 September 2017

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns the suicide attacks on 18 September in Borno State, Nigeria, and the attacks one day earlier in Kossa, Cameroon.  These terrorist attacks targeted vulnerable people already affected by Boko Haram violence.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Governments of Nigeria and Cameroon for the loss of life.  He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured and calls for those responsible for these repeated acts in the countries in the Lake Chad Basin to be swiftly brought to justice.

The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations solidarity and support to the Governments of the Lake Chad Basin countries in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

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UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

20 September 2017 &#150 Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the terrorist attacks that took place earlier this week in Borno state, Nigeria, as well as in Kossa, Cameroon, which targeted vulnerable people already affected by Boko Haram violence.

“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Governments of Nigeria and Cameroon for the loss of life,” his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said in a statement.

“He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured and calls for those responsible for these repeated acts in the countries in the Lake Chad Basin to be swiftly brought to justice.”

Mr. Guterres also reiterated the UN’s solidarity and support to the Governments of the Lake Chad Basin countries in their fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

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JOHANNESBURG, More than 20 Grade Four pupils on the East Rand area of Greater Johannesburg are now on HIV treatment after they were pricked with what appear to be used syringes, allegedly by their classmates.

It was the start of what was supposed to have been a normal school day, but just before 9 am last Wednesday morning, the 23 pupils, including a 9-year-old, were pricked with used syringes.

My wife is the one who went to the school to pick the child up after receiving a call that my child has been pricked with a needle and we have to come and fetch her and take her to a health services clinic,” said a victim’s father. The girl was rushed to a health facility, but doctors drew a blank.

“He said to us he is going to see another doctor because he was not sure what to prescribe to the child and the dosage. It was the first time that he had to deal with a case that a child had been pricked with a used needle,” added the victim’s father.

The question remains: How did the 11-year-old get her hands on the syringes? The victim says her classmate told her that she picked the syringes up in the street on her way to school. But the deputy principal says the pupil brought them from her home where a relative was using them.

The 9-year-old victim was later brought to a health facility and put on a month’s supply of HIV treatment.

You have to test again after the post-exposure prophylaxis period to ensure there was no infection transmitted during the injury which was intentional. It’s a cause for concern because children could easily get HIV,” said the Chairperson of the Health Committee of the South African Medical & Dental Practitioners, Norman Mabasa.

It is believed that no action has been taken against the minor responsible. For now, all the parents can do is wait to find out whether if any of their children may be infected with HIV.


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