BEIRUT: The European Union this week scaled up its support for the Syrian crisis-stressed education sector in Lebanon and other refugee host countries, signing agreements to provide some 34 million euros ($46 million) in additional aid.
EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule signed four agreements with UNICEF after a session on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on the subject.
“Children are always the most vulnerable and neglected victims of a conflict ...
We cannot allow having a lost generation of kids that do not go to school as a consequence of this terrible conflict,” Fule said.
The EU has already contributed 23 million euros to the education sector in Lebanon in the last two years.
Some 200,000 Syrian children are thought to be at risk of being excluded from Lebanon’s school system this academic year.