Canada provides CAD$14 million over two years in support to UNICEF to strengthen Education and Protection services for Venezuelan children and youth migrants and refugees and their host communities in Latin America and the Caribbean

18 April 2022
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PANAMA CITY, 13 April 2022 - The Government of Canada announced CAD$14 million in funding to UNICEF in support of education and protection services for Venezuelan refugee and migrant children and adolescents – particularly girls - as well as those from the host communities in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Guyana through two different projects during 2022 and 2023.

“We welcome the generous donation of the Canadian government to support key sectors of UNICEF’s mission in strengthening education and protection services for Venezuelan refugees and migrants and host communities,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The support from the Government of Canada is a critical contribution to UNICEF´s work and will play a key role in ensuring no child in the region is left behind.”

“Canada is pleased to partner with UNICEF on these two important initiatives in support of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and their host communities.  Access to education, protection, and socio-economic inclusion needs to be tailored to the most vulnerable – particularly girls, adolescent women, LGBTQI, and those who tend to be marginalized, whether a Venezuelan refugee, migrant, or a member of a host community,” said Sara Cohen, Director General South America and Inter-American Affairs, Global Affairs Canada. “Canada is committed to continue to work with host countries and communities across Latin America and the Caribbean to support efforts to ensure the social and economic integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, and host community members.”

The first project ‘Education for Venezuelan and Host Community, Girls, Boys and Adolescents’ aims to enhance the integration of Venezuelan refugee and migrant children, especially girls and children who face marginalization or vulnerability, into the education systems of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and support to the regional response. The project will provide catch-up, remedial and flexible learning programs for out-of-school children and children behind in their learning because of school closures. It will help increase their access to quality learning opportunities and provide children, especially girls, with learning equipment to continue their education online at home.

The project will also provide mentoring for school directors; gender-responsive education training for teachers; psychosocial and pedagogical support for children and adolescents upon reintegration; and continuity in the education system. This project contributes to the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) objectives in the 3 targeted countries.

The second project ‘Protection and Socioeconomic Inclusion for Venezuelan Children and Adolescents on the Move’ will focus on gender-responsive protection, particularly for Venezuelan girls and adolescent girls facing multiple forms of discrimination. The project aims to ensure equal opportunities for Venezuelan refugee and migrant children and youth on the move by improving protection and care, access to education, as well as life skills and vocational training. The project places particular emphasis on supporting Venezuelan refugee and migrant children and adolescents, particularly girls and LGBTQI+ adolescents.  It will also support children and adolescents in targeted host communities of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Peru.

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Laurent Duvillier
Regional Chief of Communication
UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean
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Alfonso Fernández Reca
Regional Communication Specialist
UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
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