Children orphaned and affected by Ebola will receive education and psychosocial support via humanitarian projects implemented by UNICEF and Save the Children in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The European Commission is providing an additional €1 million in funding so that children orphaned and affected by Ebola receive education and psychosocial support. The amount is part of the overall funding of €11 million allocated this year for educational projects in conflict areas under the EU Children of Peace initiative.
“We must give hope to the children affected by the devastating consequences of the Ebola epidemic. Around 6 million boys and girls have missed school. By investing in their education, we are investing in their future to give them the building blocks for life beyond Ebola”, said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
This additional EU funding will support the re-opening of schools, currently closed due to the epidemic. It will be channelled through UNICEF and Save the Children – with each organisation receiving €500,000 – to develop educational projects in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
In addition, the European Union will train children and teachers in Ebola prevention, it will support measures to increase hygiene and sanitation in schools, provide psychosocial support, reintegrate children into their communities and strengthen the resilience of populations in the event of future health crises.