Humanitarian: Education in emergencies a top priority for EU

April 7, 2016
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On Tuesday 5 April 2016, the EU Commission announced a new financial package – EUR 52 million for 2016 – to increase EU humanitarian aid for education in emergency situations. “From one percent to four percent”, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said.
 “With this package, we will reach over 2.3 million children in 42 countries. This will be accomplished through educational projects where children are particularly at risk. In the Middle East, especially Syria and Iraq. East, Central and West Africa. Asia. Ukraine. Central America and Colombia,” the Commission said in a press release.
The Commissioner noted that 37 million children are currently out of school in areas affected by crises. “We cannot just stand by. We must act. We must act now. Not tomorrow”, he added. “We fulfil and surpass our commitment to quadruple our support. From EUR 11 million in 2015, to EUR 52 million this year”. For the EU, education in emergencies is a “priority. It is a top priority”.