Tuesday 26 January 2016
A new UNICEF appeal will prioritise funding education for children in emergencies .
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children report 2016, published 26 January, is appealing for US$1.16 billion to fund the humanitarian response plan for Syria and the surrounding region in 2016.
For the first time ever, the largest portion of the appeal – 25 per cent – is going towards educating children in emergencies. This year UNICEF plans to dramatically increase the number of children in crises who are given access to education – from 4.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to 8.2 million in 2016. More than half – 5 million – will be Syrian children inside the country or in neighbouring countries.
Dr Peter Salama, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
The destructive impact of the Syria conflict is being felt by children right across the region. It’s not just the physical damage being done, but the despair felt by a generation of children who see their hopes and futures shattered. Urgent concerted efforts and resources are needed to save this generation of children – and it can start at next week’s conference in London. It’s a race against time.
The call for funding in Syria forms part of a wider appeal of US$2.8 billion to reach 43 million children caught in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.