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EU funding boost to students affected by Boko Haram

07 April 2016, 21:35

Abuja - Nigeria and fellow countries beset by crises have received a major boost after the European Union reiterated its commitment to fund the schooling of children caught up in such circumstances.

The European bloc disclosed it had released some €52 million this year to benefit over 2 million minors in these countries.

Since 2012, EU stated, more than 1.5 million have benefited from EU-funded education projects in 26 countries.

The total funding allocated for Education in Emergencies has reached €75 724 million.

This follows the reality that children are among the most vulnerable victims during and in the immediate aftermath of crises.

Also read: At least 800 Boko Haram militants surrender – army

“They are at high risk of being separated from their families or forcibly displaced,” read a statement made available to CAJ News.

According to the United Nations, around 9.9 million children are currently refugees and an estimated 19 million have been displaced within their own country due to conflict.

This includes Nigeria, where a seven-year long Boko Haram crisis has not only killed over 20 000 people and displaces more than 2 million but has affected schooling.

Borno State is the worst affected by the terror.

“In emergencies, schools are often destroyed,” stated EU.

“Children’s education is frequently of poor quality since qualified teachers might be lacking in such circumstances. Education is often disrupted.”

It is reported as many as 37 million children currently living in emergency situations do not have access to any form of education.

- CAJ News


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