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EU Children of Peace

Every child, everywhere, should have the opportunity to reach their potential and grow up in peace. This is why in 2012 the leaders of the EU institutions turned the Nobel Prize for Peace, just awarded to the European Union, into a vehicle for promotion of peace and support to the most vulnerable victims of war: children. The EU Children of Peace initiative was born.

EU Children of Peace

The European Commission matched the Nobel Prize award with its own funding, bringing it up to EUR 2 million for 2012 and EUR 4 million for 2013. This fund was dedicated to projects for children in Ethiopia and DR Congo, Colombia and Ecuador, Iraq and Pakistan.
Today, 28 000 children benefit from these projects in very practical ways: through access to education and child-friendly spaces to play, learn and grow in safety.

Meet the EU Children of Peace

The beneficiaries include around 4 000 Syrian refugee children at camps on the border between Iraq and Syria, such as the Domiz camp. This EU Children of Peace initiative gives them access to education and recreational and therapeutic activities.

More than 5 000 Colombian children, many of them refugees in Ecuador, benefit from the Latin American part of the initiative. The European assistance translates into school materials and uniforms, into renovating schools and dedicating spaces where it is safe for children to play and study, away from the risks of illegal recruitment by armed groups.

Nearly half of the EU Children of Peace funding goes to Africa: more than 11 000 children benefit from the European initiative in Ethiopia's Dollo Ado refugee camps and in Northern Kivu, the Democratic Republic of Congo. In both countries, children get what many of them never had before - safe learning spaces, schoolbags, teachers' kits and other items that keep them in schools and give them much-needed respite from their difficult surroundings.
In Pakistan, similarly, the EU Children of Peace project has in the past year reached out to 3 000 children in the conflict-affected north of the country – half of them girls, for whom access to education is especially difficult. There are 20 more schools in the Jalozai camp today thanks to the European assistance, which also includes school-in-a-box supplies, training for teachers and psychosocial counselling.

Support to continue

EU Children of Peace

The EU Children of Peace initiative will go on beyond its first year – ensuring a lasting legacy from EU's Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2014, the European Commission intends to increase its funding for education of children in conflict zones – a new symbol of the European Union's dedication promoting real, lasting peace where it is so badly needed..

On 20 November (Universal Children's Day) the Commission will reveal the new EU Children of Peace projects.