New UN fund launched to address education in crisis zones
One in four of the world’s school-aged children live in countries affected by crises
ISTANBUL, Turkey — Education breeds success, and that applies to children in crises zones, too. So, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced the launch of a fund to coordinate support and investment of education for children and youth affected by humanitarian crises.
“Children don't need education even in emergencies; they need education especially in emergencies,” stresses Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director, speaking about the validity of the new Education Cannot Wait fund. During the next five years, the fund is expected to reach more than 13.6-million children and youth surviving conflicts, natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
“Action now has to happen urgently because of the sheer scale of numbers of children impacted,” says Gordon Brown, UN special envoy for Global Education. “These young people are missing out on schooling, and this is becoming a full-blown global crisis.”
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is committed to advancing education in developing countries. In fact, as the worst drought in 50 years impacts more than 10-million people in Ethiopia, CCFC is supporting ongoing education, among other live-saving investments. Find how you can help by calling 1-800-263-5437, ext. 610, or visiting ccfcanada.ca/drought-in-ethiopia