Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign

| May 15, 2019

The European Commission has announced an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Commissioner Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides announced the new funding at the #School4All High-Level-Event on Education in Emergencies in Brussels.

Commissioner Stylianides said: “Education in emergencies is an absolute priority for the European Union. Since 2015, our support has increased from 1% of the European humanitarian budget in 2015 to 10% in 2019. The European Union is leading by example. It is a global champion of education in emergencies. We are making a concrete investment to peace by helping every child get access to school, anywhere and at all times. Education is the foundation for everything else. It is a protective shield against violence, sexual exploitation, or radicalization, especially in humanitarian crises. It makes children feel safe and provides them with opportunities for a brighter future.”

Thanks to EU funding, over 6.5 million girls, boys and teachers in 55 crisis-affected countries have benefited between 2015-2018 from better access to quality education and training since the European Union increased support for children caught up in humanitarian crises.Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched the #RaiseYourPencil Campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans.

The press release is available online.


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