Angelina Jolie joined Baroness Sugg, the UK’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, to ensure refugee children are not forgotten in the global coronavirus recovery, at a high-level virtual event on refugee education.
Baroness Sugg announced £5.3 million of new UK aid to support the salaries of more than 5,500 teachers in 10 of the world’s poorest refugee-hosting countries, including Chad, South Sudan and Yemen.
She urged the international community to protect the futures of the world’s most vulnerable children both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
“For millions of children and youth, schools are a lifeline of opportunity as well as a shield. Classrooms offer protection — or at least a reprieve — from violence, exploitation and other difficult circumstances.” Said Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR
“Without urgent practical assistance, some of the children left without schooling worldwide due to the coronavirus may never set foot in a classroom again. We must find ways to try to ensure access to continuity of education for young people across the world.
“Ensuring education for refugee children is something we can make happen, if we all come together.” She added
As the pandemic puts developing countries under increasing economic stress and limited resources are diverted to the health sector, there is a risk children will go uneducated as teachers go unpaid.
The UK support will help at least 300,000 vulnerable refugee children to continue their education.
the UK has previously announced £15 million of crisis funding from the aid budget to UNICEF and £5 million to Education Cannot Wait
Before coronavirus, 260 million children were out of school worldwide. Now, 1.5 billion children in over 150 countries are out of school.
For every additional year a child goes to school, their future earnings can increase by 20%.