Sunday 11 December 2016

UN: donors have pledged US$250 million to educate 1m Syrian refugee children more is urgently needed

Published 12/01/2016 | 17:25

A convoy of vehicles loaded with food and other supplies organized by The International Committee of the Red Cross, working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations makes its way to the besieged town of Madaya, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)
A convoy of vehicles loaded with food and other supplies organized by The International Committee of the Red Cross, working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations makes its way to the besieged town of Madaya, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)

The United Nations says donors have pledged US$250 million (£173M) to educate more than a million Syrian refugee children this year but it urgently needs more.

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The UN says another US$500m (£346m) is needed to fund the programme in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

The UN envoy for global education, Gordon Brown, made the announcement and pledged to try to raise the rest of the money in the next month.

The former UK prime minister said in a statement that "death voyages to Europe" will soar this year as long as Syria's six million displaced children and two million refugee children "are exploited and denied any opportunity within the region".

He said child marriage rates for Syrian refugee girls have doubled, and a recent survey estimates that one in three boys and girls have become child labourers.

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