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UNICEF Unveils New Education Fund

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Seye Joseph with Agency Report

With the drive and support to enhance standard and quality of education around the world, United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced the launch of a new fund to better coordinate support for and drives investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

The initiative aims to bridge the gap between humanitarian interventions during crises and long-term development afterwards, through predictable funding.

UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, presented the new fund at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), a two-day conference that opened in Istanbul, Turkey.

He said “action now has to happen urgently because of the sheer scale of numbers of children impacted.”

Specifically designed for education in emergencies, the fund, he added, also aims to reach more than 13.6 million children and youth living in crisis situations, such as conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks, with quality education over the next five years.

“These young people are missing out on schooling and this is becoming a full-blown global crisis that will haunt the world for generations,” Brown said.

On average, the UN estimates that less than two per cent of humanitarian aid currently goes to funding education.

Moreover, the UN says, education systems equipped to cope with protracted crises cannot be built on the foundations of short-term and unpredictable appeals.

Meanwhile, UNICEF warns that one in four of the world’s school-aged children – nearly half a billion, live in countries affected by crises and that as many as 476 million children and young people between the ages of three and 18 live in 35 countries affected by crises.

It says 80 million of them have had their education disrupted or destroyed by emergencies and protracted crises and over 16 million are in refugee, internally displaced and other populations of concern in these same affected countries.

UNICEF added that the situation for girls is even worse.

The UN also said that less than two per cent of all humanitarian funding goes to education every year since 2010, with a current estimated 9 billion dollar gap for education in emergencies annually.

UN also added that conflict, natural disasters, displacement, epidemics and other crises pose a serious threat to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education.

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