DAMASCUS, 31 March 2019 – The Government of Germany has contributed EUR10 million (approximately US$11,300,000) to UNICEF’s ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to provide education and social protection support to the most vulnerable children and youth in Syria, including internally displaced children, those out-of-school or with disabilities, and those who have suffered trauma.
The contribution will ensure that nearly 442,000 children and youth will have improved access to quality education and psychosocial support services, including through the provision of safe learning environments through pre-fabricated classrooms and light school rehabilitation works; temporary learning and early childhood education centres; school supplies including bags stationery and learning materials; and self-learning and accelerated learning programmes for out-of-school children. The contribution will also allow children and youth to receive psychosocial support and mine risk education, while marginalized youth will benefit from vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills training to help them reach their full potential.
“With the conflict entering its ninth year, children and youth continue to pay the highest price for a conflict not of their making,” said UNICEF Representative in Syria, Mr Fran Equiza. “The education sector, in particular, has suffered the grave impact of conflict. Damaged and destroyed schools, fleeing teachers and overcrowding due to displacement influxes have left over 2 million children out of school with another 1.3 million at risk of dropping out. We thank the people and government of Germany for their contribution to help the children of Syria thrive and restore a sense of normality into their lives.”
Since 2013, the Government of Germany has been the top partner to the No Lost Generation initiative, contributing a total of EUR32 million (approximately US$36 million), towards providing children and youth with access to certified quality education and supporting youth to contribute to resilience and social cohesion in their communities.
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