Gordon Brown: Syrian refugees in Lebanon could be educated for $1 a day

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Gordon Brown is calling for an emergency global fund to provide education in crisis-hit countries after lambasting the international community for failing to help Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
The former Labour prime minister, who is currently the UN special envoy for education, said the Lebanese government was prepared to give schooling to the 500,000 children who have fled the civil war in Syria, but a lack of funds meant only 100,000 of them were in school.
“Lebanon has agreed to find educational places for these children”, Brown said. “The teachers have been persuaded that they should be taught in Lebanese schools. The teachers have agreed to do double shifts. But the international community has failed to see that for a dollar a day it could provide schools and educational opportunity for all the refugee children.”
Speaking at the launch of a report by the UN’s children agency, Unicef, Brown said a further $136m was needed to provide education for all Syrian refugees. “We need an emergency fund for education when there are humanitarian crises. We shouldn’t have to wait more than a year for help to come when we have a plan and could act immediately. A child needs hope and it’s education and the fact that someone can plan for the future that provides it.”
Aid budgets have increased in recent years, but the amount being spent on education has fallen, Brown said. “We neglect it our peril,” he added.
The Unicef report says progress in providing education in poor countries has stalled. With 58 million children not in school, it warned that the millennium development goal of providing universal primary education would not be met.
Source: The Guardian

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