Malala Joins Effort to Educate Syrian Refugee Children

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Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and injured by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, poses for photographers after being awarded the International Children's Peace Prize 2013 during a ceremony in the Hall of Knights in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday Sept. 6, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager turned education activist, is teaming up with former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on a $500 million initiative to provide education for 300,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Yousafzai, who gained widespread attention as the victim of a Taliban assassination attempt last year, will join Brown, a UN Special Envoy, in calling for the international community to contribute the sum over three years, according to a statement  from A World at School, an education NGO partnering on the project. A World at School called the initiative “biggest single humanitarian initiative so far.”

Before the announcement, 16-year-old Yousafzai headlined an awareness campaign for Syrian children refugees with a Skype conversation with two young girls living in Lebanon since they were forced from their homes in Aleppo a year ago.

The United Nations said last week that nearly two million Syrian children, or 40 percent of students in grades one through nine, have dropped out in the past year. Many are among the one million child refugees who have fled Syria and struggled to find proper schooling. In Lebanon, the number of Syrian children refugees is expected to reach half a million by the end of the year.

Organizations have ensured education for more than 118,000 Syrian children as part of a broader humanitarian effort that the UN called the largest ever. But education remains among the least funded missions, and UNICEF said last week they have raised less than a third of the $161 million in requested aid for education. Only two percent of schooling needs in humanitarian crises are funded, according to the A World at Schools statement.

The initiative, the beginning of a broader push to provide schooling to refugees around the world, will be formalized at a UN General Assembly meeting Sept. 23, according to the statement.

31 comments
jpm_atx
jpm_atx

Malala is amazing, but why no link on where to donate? Surely many readers besides myself would like to support her and contribute!

JohnAdam33
JohnAdam33

@iainlevine @hrw make campaigns to force countries that buy weapons to war in Syria to pay for aid. or do not get weapons

I will always stand with Uppity Women
I will always stand with Uppity Women

Can't praise this woman enough. Their efforts to stop her failed because of her spirit, courage and compassion. She is an inspiration for all.

Aham Onyebuchi
Aham Onyebuchi

Deaclassified prophecies: and jesus christ our God was shown on the cross . An immoral human emerges with a shovel . He tries to cover our God with dirt and bury him . In an instant , the evil soul is decapitated by the foot of the cross

alenezi1
alenezi1

@TIME @TIMEWorld A letter to the repressive states that America, Russia did not mind the use of chemical weapons against its own people

Andy Pratt
Andy Pratt

Man, I remember watching Gordon Brown being elected on BBC world news, and the fallout later. Blink and the world passes on by. :/

Mohammed Ali Mali
Mohammed Ali Mali

and who is teaming up with paki and afghani children killed every day by u.s drones?