ECHO and UNICEF launch EU Children of Peace Project
With financing from the Nobel Peace Prize Money awarded to the European Union last December, UNICEF and the EU today signed an agreement to support the education of 3 000 conflict-affected children in North-western Pakistan as part of the EU Children of Peace initiative to which the Nobel Peace Prize funds are dedicated.
These funds, made available through the European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), will enable UNICEF to provide access to education for 3,000 children, including 1,500 girls in 30 schools currently operating in the Jalozai Camp, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- "Children are extremely vulnerable to conflicts and their education is often suffering," said Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the European Union Delegation to Pakistan. "They risk carrying the burden of conflict throughout their lives. It is fitting that the Nobel Peace Prize funds benefit those who carry the hope for the future."
- UNICEF has already been providing educational support to children in Jalozai Camp since 2008. The education package includes school-in-a-box supplies, training for teachers, education for peace training and psychosocial counseling that will help children cope with traumatic experiences.
- “UNICEF Pakistan wishes to congratulate the EU for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is honoured to receive support for providing education to children affected by displacement and deprived of their fundamental right to quality education,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan.
UNICEF is one of four partners who will operate Children of Peace projects in conflict areas funded by the EU Nobel Prize money awarded in December 2012.