Children account for half of the victims of conflict across the world. They are often the hardest hit by war and disaster.
When the EU received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2012, it decided to use the prize money (just under 1€ million) to create the EU Children of Peace initiative to fund humanitarian projects for children in crisis-affected regions.
EU-funded projects in this area have provided children with access to schools where they can learn in a safe environment and receive psychological support to deal with their traumatic war experiences.
The EU's commitment to funding projects in the area of 'education in emergencies' did not stop with the Nobel Peace Prize. Every year since the launch of the EU Children of Peace initiative, the European Commission has increased its funding allocation for this sector. In 2016, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides decided to boost this funding to 4% of the annual humanitarian budget of the Commission (roughly €50 million).
Education is one of the best tools to help girls and boys build a peaceful and prosperous future. It is crucial for both the development and protection of children affected by conflict. Educational activities provide girls and boys with psycho-social support and help create at least some sense of normality.
Read more about education in emergencies.