Migrant Camps: Education

Department for International Development written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding her Department has allocated to new programmes providing education for children in refugee camps.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK has been at the forefront of pushing for quality education for refugee children. UK support for UNICEF’s No Lost Generation Initiative helped provide education and support to more than half a million displaced Syrian children. We have committed more than £400 million extra to the Girls’ Education Challenge, to ensure up to 1.5 million marginalised girls are supported to access a quality education and learning - including 20,000 girls in refugee camps in Kenya. We are a founding member and one of the largest donors to Education Cannot Wait, aiming to reach 8 million children in emergencies by 2021. And we also provide direct support, whether through teacher training programmes to camps in Ethiopia or in the key role we played in developing Uganda’s first ever education response plan, which aims to support more than 550,000 refugee and host community children.

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