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EU increases education and protection support for children affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine / BRUSSELS, 17 July 2017 – A new European Union funded UNICEF project will strengthen vital education and protection services for children caught in the on-going conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Children in class with furniture delivered by UNICEF and ECHO.

The half a million EUR project will provide 13,800 children and young people living along the 'contact line' which separates government controlled areas from non-government controlled areas, and where fighting is most severe, with life-skills training, improved access to education and psychosocial support.
The new funds will also provide essential school supplies, including 4,800 education kits for school-aged children, 350 kits for kindergartens, school furniture, and educational games. The supplies will help equip 30 schools reaching 8,300 children.

UNICEF will also provide specialized training to over 350 teachers and school psychologists to help address the emotional needs of children affected by conflict.

“Providing educational opportunities for children and youth affected by the conflict, and addressing the trauma that many of them have experienced, is a priority of the EU's humanitarian aid to Ukraine," said Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli. "We must help these children and young people caught in situations of emergency regain a sense of normality and give them stability and hope for the future.”

Happy holders of school bags provided by UNICEF and ECHO.

Happy holders of school bags provided by UNICEF and ECHO. UNICEF/Ukraine/2017/Getman
The European Union and UNICEF established a partnership to support children in Ukraine in 2013, working together in the areas of water, hygiene and sanitation, education in emergencies, and child protection.

“The EU has been vital in providing essential support to children who have been caught in conflict for more than three years. Not only does this new grant provide critical services but it strengthens children’s resilience to cope in this volatile and unpredictable situation,” said UNICEF Ukraine's Representative Giovanna Barberis.

UNICEF estimates more than 200,000 children live inside the 30 km-wide 'buffer zone' stretched along the 'contact line' where armed hostilities occur every day.



UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate this commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit:

About the European Commission

The European Commission, through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection. It funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. The European Commission is among UNICEF’s largest humanitarian donors. For more information visit:
For more information about the EU – UNICEF partnership visit

For further information contact:

Anna Sukhodolska, UNICEF Kyiv, +380-442542439,
Mathias Eick, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), +90 5334125663,



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