S&D Group: International community should commit to doubling the education aid for children in emergencies to 4%
Following today’s launch of the EDUCA campaign in Rome, in the presence of EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid, Christos Stylianides, the president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, the chair of the EP’s culture committee, Silvia Costa, and the EP’s rapporteur for humanitarian aid, Enrique Guerrero Salom, jointly stated:
"The international community should commit in doubling to 4% the funds dedicated to education for children in emergencies.
"At the next World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, we need to bring new donors to the table and ask the current ones to stick to their commitments. Urgent and collective action in preventing conflict and ensuring the right to education is essential.
"This is the goal and the spirit of our EDUCA campaign. Less than 2% of the whole of the international humanitarian fund goes to education which represents the essential means in ensuring children’s dignity and the prospective of a prosperous future. Besides, education is the genuine tool in preventing children from becoming sexually or labour exploited, forced to radicalisation or recruited into criminal and terroristic organisations.
We can't risk losing another generation. It is their future that is at stake, our common future."