Khartoum, 12 December 2016 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Commission have entered into a € 1 million bilateral agreement that will provide emergency education support to over 10,000 vulnerable and conflict-affected children in Sudan.
“Giving children caught up in conflict and emergencies an opportunity to continue learning is as important as providing them with shelter, food, water and vaccines. These children deserve that we invest in their future,” says Sophie Battas, Head of Office in Sudan for the European Commission's humanitarian aid department (ECHO). “We have raised our global funding for education in emergencies to 4% of our budget and last week, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides committed to further boost it to 6% in 2017. Part of it is going to UNICEF in Sudan in light of the immense needs. "
Education is every child’s right, and for children living in an emergency; schooling provides normalcy and a protective environment. According to the Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) some 4 million school-aged children are living in conflict-affected states: 1.5 million out of whom are in need of Education in Emergencies (EiE) and psychosocial support.
The EU support will help provide access to education for conflict-affected internally displaced, host communities and refugee children in Kario (East Darfur), Tawilla (North Darfur) and El Meriam (West Kordofan) through the construction of schools with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilitates, and the provision of teaching and learning material. The support will further target training and capacity building of teachers and parent-teacher associations to strengthen the quality of education.
“The European Commission's ongoing strategic partnership with UNICEF is critical in providing access to education to some of Sudan’s most vulnerable children,” says Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Sudan Representative. He further adds; “This assistance is another important step towards ensuring that every child in Sudan, especially those affected by conflict and the impact of climate change, are able to access their right to education.”
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Ms. Alison Parker: firstname.lastname@example.org , Chief of Communication, Media and External Relations Section, UNICEF
Ms. Aisha Hummeida: email@example.com , Communication Officer, Media and External Relation Section, UNICEF