European Commission commits to increase financing for education in humanitarian emergencies

European Commission commits to increase financing for education in humanitarian emergencies

European Commission commits to increase financing for education in humanitarian emergencies

The FINANCIAL -- The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides announces on July 7 his objective to dedicate 4% of the EU humanitarian aid budget to education for children in emergency situations.

Speaking on July 7 at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, Christos Stylianides said: "No child should miss out on education. We want to make education a priority in emergency situations so that more children can have access to learning, to teachers, to a brighter future. I am truly committed to this cause. I aim to dedicate 4% of our humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies in the course of my mandate. This is one of my top priorities. I am already in contact with the European Parliament towards achieving this goal."

The European Union has been supporting education in situations of emergency through the EU Children of Peace initiative, created in 2012 after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the European Commission.

To date, the European Union has allocated more than €23 million for the EU Children of Peace projects, including the contributions of €500 000 from Luxembourg and €250 000 from Austria in 2014. By the end of this year, more than 4 million children will have benefited from the initiative in 26 countries.