Norway donates 400 million to the UN Children’s Fund

ChildrenChildren attend a war safety awareness class conducted by civil defence members, in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria Photo:REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Norway will enter into a multi-year partnership with UNICEF,  Foreign Minister Børge Brende says.

– This is in response to the promises from donors’ conference for Syria earlier this year, which will provide UNICEF with a much needed amount of predictability in their work with children and young people, says Brende.
A cooperation agreement was signed by Brende and UNICEF head Anthony Lake in conjunction with the world’s first humanitarian summit in Istanbul on Tuesday. The support will go to education in Syria and in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq in the period 2016- 2018.
Brende says that 2.8 million Syrian children and young people are without schooling in Syria and neighboring countries.
– Many of them have missed an amount of schooling corresponding to all of the years at primary school. This leads to long-term adverse consequences. Schooling for these children is therefore one of the most important forms of aid that Norway can contribute, he says.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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