Press release: Linda joins forces with UNICEF on St Nicholas day
06 December 2016
On December 6th, Children across Europe will be opening their gifts to celebrate St Nicholas day; in Turkey, Jordan, and Syria however as many as 1 million children come to the end of the first term of the school year without access to any type of education - severely reducing their life chances and the hopes for reconstruction of Syria after the civil war.
Together with students from across the EU, Commissioner Stylianides, the EU humanitarian chief, together with UNICEF and Linda McAvan - the Labour MEP and chair of the European Parliament's Development Committee; are highlighting the #EmergencyLessons campaign in the European Parliament today.
#EmergencyLessons is a campaign to get more resources flowing to the education of refugee children, to prevent a 'lost generation' of children fleeing wars and disasters around the world. The campaign highlights that education is as important to the lives of refugees as food or medical supplies, and promotes this in the 7 European countries where knowledge of Education in Emergencies is lowest, including the UK and Ireland.
Linda McAvan said: "There are some children today who fled the Syrian conflict 5 years ago and are now adults without having received any education since. We cannot allow this to continue or we will risk a lost generation of Syrians - all children have the right to a decent education and we must work to deliver this. Last week the EU Commission promised to dedicate 6% of humanitarian spending to education in Emergencies, now others have to match this pledge. It’s important to remember, as we celebrate St Nicholas day, that the best gift for Syrian refugee children is education".